Why Θεσσαλονίκη?

Posted by on Sep 21, 2009 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

“Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures.” Acts 17:1-2 (ESV)

If you’re looking at today’s post title and think you’re seeing things. You are. They are Greek letters and they spell the word, “Thessaloniki.”

The picture for today is an aerial photo of Thessaloniki’s port.

When I concluded Friday’s post I promised to come back today and share the significance of such a location. Remember that God had given Paul a vision of a Macedonian man (Thessalonica was in Macedonia) asking Paul to come to the region to help them. At this point, Paul and his “gang” have been hindered by God’s Holy Spirit from coming into two other areas to share the gospel. Upon receiving this vision from God, they immediately begin making their way there because they know God is calling them to share the gospel in that region.

Here’s why, I believe.

Thessalonica (another way to spell it) was then and still is a major sea port town. It’s Greece’s second-largest economic, industrial, commercial and political center, and a major transportation hub for the rest of southeastern Europe. Thanks to Wikipedia for that bit of info.

They are such now, but they were also back in Paul’s day as well. With all the goods being imported and exported on ships and wagons to be dispersed, what better place than a crossroads of commerce to also export the gospel?

I just love how God works!

I don’t think we can possibly fathom in our instant age of information how this all transpired, but I know that I am one of the results of someone hearing the gospel, believing it and sharing it abroad. And for that, I am abundantly grateful to God for making a way for me to hear it and believe it and now share it via internet blogging.

I wonder what Paul would say about blogging today? Don’t you know he’d be all up on the current techno gadgets to use for God’s glory and furtherance of the kingdom of heaven? I mean it! He’d have no more need to send Timothy off hither and yon with his parchment letter to some church he began. He could type it, click “send”, and a mere few moments later, the persecuted brethren he left days ago could all get it in their inboxes and be on the path to persevering amidst persecution!

That brings me to my application today and ties in to what I have been sensing so much in my own soul of late.

Am I progressing to do God’s work to further the gospel? Or, am I supposing someone else is doing their part and mine, too? Am I aware of where persecution is taking place and am I even praying for those brothers and sisters?

Am I content with my sluggish behavior out of fear that the next person in my path will be offended by the gospel message?

Are you?

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