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October 18 - Morning

"Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.

When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. 

But when they opposed Paul and became abusive,
 he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent of it. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”

Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. Crispus,
the synagogue leader, and his entire household 
believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians
who heard Paul believed and were baptized."
- Acts 18:4-8

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Paul in Corinth    

Paul moved from Athens into the city of Corinth where he “reasoned” with the Jews and the God fearing Gentiles who met in the synagogue. The word “reasoned” ( Gr. dielegeto) also means “discuss,” and “discourse” besides meaning “to reason,”  and “to argue.” This means there was some question and answer time along with some challenging debate occurring while Paul was presenting. As it always happened, the synagogue was split when some of the Jews became “abusive” while others “believed in the Lord.”

When the Jews in the Corinthian synagogue became “abusive” during Paul’s first visit to Corinth he left the synagogue along with those who believed and began to meet next door in the residence of a believing Gentile named Titus Justus. Also, Crispus, the leader of the synagogue himself, believed that Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah and left the synagogue with Paul to join the other believers who met next door in Titus Justus’ house.

Paul had been traveling alone for several weeks since he fled from the hardships in Macedonia (which included a beating in the Philippian prison, a Thessalonica riot, the Berean assault from Jews). Paul escaped to Corinth by way of Athens. In 50 AD Paul arrived in Corinth alone, out of money, homeless and unemployed.  Five years later when Paul writes the Corinthians he describes how he felt when he first arrived in Corinth:

“I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling.” – 1 Corinthians 2:3

During those first few weeks in Corinth Paul met Aquila and Priscilla, most likely in the synagogue, and they hired him as a leather worker to make and repair tents. Eventually, Silas and Timothy left the Macedonian (Thessalonica, Philippi, Berea, etc.) and caught up with Paul in Corinth with a gift from the Macedonian believers. The Macedonians had sent along financial support for Paul, so when it arrived Paul “devoted himself exclusively to preaching.”

Paul had acquired a marketable skill during his training as a rabbi so that he could support himself and not rely on the gifts and support of his listeners and students. By requiring that their students learn a craft the rabbis helped protected the integrity of their student’s teaching which could easily succumb to the temptation of manipulation or compromise for financial support. Some of the failed prophets of the Old Testament used their positions to earn payments and gifts from the people.

Rabbi Gamaliel III (220 AD) taught:

“An excellent thing is the study of Torah combined with some secular occupation, for the labor by them both puts sin out of one’s mind. All study of the Torah which is not combined with work will ultimately be futile and lead to sin.” (here see ch.2, point 2)

  Christian Quote from Church History

" Faith and obedience are bound up in the same bundle. He that obeys God trusts God; and he that trusts God obeys God. He that is without faith is without works; and he that is without works is without faith." - Charles H. Spurgeon




Something to Ponder??
The extent of the Holy Land
is 140 miles from Dan to Beersheba and 55 miles
from the Mediterranean Sea
to the Jordan River at the widest point. This means
a high flying eagle could
see the whole land at
one time on a clear day.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information



Gan (Hb) - Garden (Eng) - the Hebrew word gan means "enclosure" or "garden."
The word gan may come from a verbal root that meant "to surround, to cover, to defend."
So, a gan was a protected enclosure.


Josephus mentions Jesus in his writing in 70-90 AD:

"Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man,
for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to
him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles.
He was the Christ; and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him
at the first did not forsake
him, for he appeared to
them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct to this day."
(Antiquities 18.3.3)
(see discussion and
sources Here)

At another place Josephus writes: "...a man named James, the brother of Jesus who was called the Christ."
(Antiquities XX. 9. 1)

Since neither of these is quoted by early Chrstians until 324 AD it may have been added to Josephus' work by Christians. Most scholars think that, atleast, the core, or the nucleus, of the quote is authentic.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I think my secular work is less honorable than being in "ministry" or being a professional clergy?
Do I view labor as a burden that prevents me from finding fullness in life?
I will remember that, "The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to
work it
and take care of it"
before sin had even entered to world. Work was original to God's plan.
  "An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel."
- Proverbs 18:19
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