Silas and Timothy Remain Behind to Minister as the Apostle Paul Flees to Athens, Barely Escaping Death

Minister Paul J Bern
7 min readMar 11, 2023

The Apostle Paul Flees Berea for Athens, Leaving Silas and Timothy in Charge

(Acts chapter 17, verses 13–23)

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Last week as we finished part one of Acts chapter 17, Paul, Silas and Timothy had traveled from Thessalonica to Berea to escape persecution from the Jews at the Temple at Thessalonica. But their efforts were not in vain. In point of fact they gained immortality, as Paul’s first and second letters to the Thessalonians in our New Testament testify today. This week as we move on to part 2 of Acts 17, Paul and Silas’ tormentors — like modern-day trolls — have discovered through their informants that Paul and Silas are now preaching and teaching the Word in Berea, a small city about 45 miles to the west of Thessalonica. It is at this point that we will begin this week’s lesson, starting at verse 13.

Part One of This Week’s Bible Verses for Study and Memorization

13) But when the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea, some of them went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up. 14) The believers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea. 15) Those who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.” (Acts 17, verses 13–15)

Accessories to Murder

Notice that even though Silas and Timothy were with him, Paul was the only one the Jewish leaders from Thessalonica and Berea were interested in. Let’s recall how Paul was converted back in Acts chapter nine — how he was a former member of the same Jewish ruling council, the Sanhedrin, that had handed Christ over to Pilate to be crucified. Now that Paul had been totally converted, he was devoting the rest of his life to spreading the Good News of Christ, and to disavowing his former compatriots from the…

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Minister Paul J Bern

Rev. Paul J. Bern is a Web pastor and blogger on The Social Gospel Blog on Medium and Substack. Longtime Atlanta Ga. resident; stroke survivor; piano player