Paul and Silas at Thessalonica (17:1-9). In Thessalonica, Paul persuaded both Jews and Greeks to believe that Jesus is the Christ. As usual, however, some Jews became jealous and caused trouble, accusing the apostles of acting against Caesar’s decrees.
Paul and Silas at Berea (17:10-15). Paul and Silas left Thessalonica by night for Berea, where they found some Jews more open-minded than those in Thessalonica. Once again, Paul’s stay was interrupted because of trouble with the Jews. Leaving Berea, he headed for Athens.
Paul at Athens (17:16-34). After an encounter with Epicurean and Stoic philosophers in Athens, Paul was invited to discuss Jesus and his resurrection at their public forum, called the Areopagus. Paul began his speech by mentioning how he had observed their objects of worship. Recalling one altar dedicated “To an unknown god,” he presented to them the true God. Paul finished his message by telling of Christ’s resurrection – some of his hearers believed, others mocked, and some were not persuaded but still had an open mind. (Willmington’s Bible Handbook Modified)
Practical Lessons: (1) Jesus is the Christ. (2) Test the message by examining the scriptures. (3) God is Creator, Master, Judge, and Redeemer.