Walking the line between nerd and cool.

My Namesake?

I knew my name was in the Bible, but I never really thought much beyond the fact that it was there.  I’m almost positive I must have looked it up in the past, but I stumbled across it again the other day and was struck by the context:

Acts 17:1-8 (ESV)
1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ." 4 And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. 5 But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. 6 And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, "These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, 7 and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus." 8 And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things.

Some thoughts:

  • Jason lived in Thessalonica.  I’ve always liked that church the best, mostly because of the name.  It’s fun to say.  Thessalonica.
  • He hung out with people who “turned the world upside down”. Not bad!
  • Jason apparently was proclaiming Jesus as King as he gets wrapped up in this controversy.

Kind of cool.


2 responses

  1. Tim

    Taking a line from Paul Harvey…What’s the rest of the story? Did he get his knuckles rapped or lose his head?

    November 3, 2008 at 11:12 am

  2. He appears to also go on to send greetings to the Roman church from Corinth in Romans 16:21. This source has more information about him.

    November 3, 2008 at 11:59 am

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