5 But other Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason’s house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd. 6 But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other believers before the city officials, shouting: “These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here, 7 and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus.” 8 When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil. 9 Then they made Jason and the others post bond and let them go.
Interesting enough, the very same accusation that Paul, Jason and some of the other believers are accused of in these couple of verses are the exact same charge the jealous Jews are guilty of namely: false testimonies, unrest and turmoil. These believers in Acts experienced how it felt like when people accused them falsely, and or for a situation to be blown out of proportion for personal gain. Yet, is seems they left the situation in God’s hands and for God to fight their battle for them (Con).
Thoughts for the day
- How do you deal with unfair treatment or false accusations?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Stop and ask God to place a nation on your mind and heart. Pray for the people to blessed by God, the church to shine brightly and for God to be present in that place.