|Paul has a vision, "Come over and help us!"|
The third congregation initiated by Paul was in the city of Berea. The location was the local synagogue. (The physical area of that ancient synagogue is now an empty space, honoring the 900 Jews taken from the Jewish community and sent to their deaths by Nazis in 1942.)
Paul explained Jesus Christ, the Jewish Messiah. His listeners didn't reject his words just because they were surprised at the unusual message. Instead, they sought to understand, and only when they had fully taken in both the message and its implications would they give a final judgement.
|Sign outside old Synagogue destroyed in 1942 by Nazis|
"Digging deeper" into the significance of Berea, which is an hour west of Thessalonica, shows its historical importance. Philip, the father of Alexander the Great, had built his palace there (very close by). You can visit it every day of the week, except for Mondays.
|Mount Olympus in Greece, "home of the gods"|
Alexander, who's Olympus Mountain was "the home of the gods", took his Greek beliefs with him and changed history.Alexander fought the Persian army twice, won both times, and left a lasting legacy of Greek culture, language and thought on the Eastern Mediterranean.
His troops made it as far as Afghanistan, leaving his name in area called Kandahar, (Afghani way of saying Alexander). When Alexander died, his kingdom was divided into four, forming the backdrop to the wars between the Old Testament and the New Testament.
Paul and Silas, exhausted after having been beaten in Philippi, arrived in Berea in weakness, not strength. Their message is still proclaimed in Berea, and in every country around the world.