6/27/16 The Road To Thessalonica

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Paul, Silas, and Timothy depart from Philippi and make their way down the main Roman road called the Via Egnatia.  They walk for about thirty miles, stopping to rest for the night at Amphipolis, the capital city of Macedonia.  It is a very tiring journey for Paul and Silas, who are recovering from the beating they received only two days before.  Arriving at Amphipolis, they are hopeful that they will find a Jewish population and that the Holy Spirit will lead them to declare the good news of Jesus’ sacrifice.  They pitch tents on the outskirts of the town, having arrived after dark and not wanting to trouble anyone of the town at that hour.  After a rather restless night, trying to find a comfortable sleeping position with their wounds, they arise at dawn to assess the possibilities of the city.  They go into the marketplace and inquire about a synagogue that they might attend, but they are informed rather rudely that there are no Jews in the city.  So they decide to press on to the next city and see what they might find there.  They continue down the Via Egnatia for another thirty miles, finally stopping for the night at the city of Apollonia.  But they find the same reception at Apollonia the next morning that they had at Amphipolis, and so, once again, they continue on down the road.  After another thirty mile journey, they have not yet reached the next city, so they decide to keep going until they get there instead of stopping for the night before reaching it.  They are glad to have kept on when Thessalonica appears another seven miles down the road, and they happily pitch their tents on the outskirts for the night.  The next morning, they go into the marketplace of the bustling port city and discover that there is, indeed, a Jewish population there, and a large synagogue.


Acts 17:1, https://opentheism.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/map-05.jpg


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