by Harley Howard

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The Book of Acts Chapter 20:1-21 (35 of 44)
Dr. Harley Howard

1 And after the uproar was ceased, Paul called unto
[him] the disciples, and embraced [them], and departed
for to go into Macedonia.
2 And when he had gone over those parts, and had given
them much exhortation, he came into Greece,

After the madness at Ephesus ended, Paul moved towards
Macedonia. While heading towards Macedonia it was
evident that he visited other saints since the text
states that when he went through those districts and
had given them much exhortation, he came to Greece.
His habit never changed. He was seen as both an
evangelist and an encourager. With Paul the matter of
evangelism of sinners and encouragement of the saints
was never an issue of being optional, but it was his
life. He gave the saints much encouragement and
comfort through his preaching and that's important
here. The method that was used to encourage saints
was not some physical rubbing of their heads, or
useless psychobabble, but the word of God.

3 And [there] abode three months. And when the Jews
laid wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria,
he purposed to return through Macedonia.

He stayed in Greece for 3 months, undoubtedly doing
what he had always done, that being, spiritual work
and ministry, and also more evangelism. More than
likely while he was in Greece he stayed at Corinth.
When he had planned to sail into Syria, he was made
privy of a plot of the Jews against him; he thought it
wise to change his plans and head back to Macedonia.

4 And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of
Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and
Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of
Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus.

He had the company of 7 men at this juncture and they
followed him into the Roman province of Asia.

1. Sopater or Sosipater of Berea: Romans 16:21 is the
only other reference we have on ...

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