Acts 17:14 And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.
We know the scripture Matthew 10:16 where Jesus said He sends forth His sheep amongst the wolves to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
This scripture is what we see happen in Berea when the Christians there came to know of a plot on the life of Paul. Paul wanted to go to Athens and these conspirators from Thessalonica knew of his travel plan so awaited him on the general route to Athens to encounter him on his journey and kill him. So these Christians of Berea did not ask Paul to change his plans but they sent him to the coast line so as to make the enemy feel he fled to Toras but instead had him take the longer coastal route to Athens.
The Christians of Berea were credited by Paul to be spiritually mature Christians filled with understanding of scriptures since they diligently studied it and sought the truth. When Jesus said His disciples will be wise as serpents, He did not speak about the deceiving nature of the serpent but about the nature of the serpent to be aware of its surrounding even though it does not have very good eyesight.
Serpent being a creature that crawls on its belly to move around and thus having its head low, would not have make much sense to have good eyesight. God substituted this with a tongue that senses objects even at far distance and motion sensors under its belly to detect slightest movements at great distances.
We as a Church fail to have vision or word of knowledge of things going to happen thus fall into problems. If our spiritual sense would be active then we too would be able to encounter any problem before it comes our path. We do have Preachers who exercise their word of knowledge ability only during prayer meetings or public events but fail to do so in their own personal lives and ministry or Church.
Let us like the people of Berea be spiritually mature, discerning all things with our proper understanding of scriptures and our good relationship with the Holy Spirit.
Lord You are Almighty God. You Lord are omnipresent thus time nor place is a limitation for You. Lord we pray we who can communicate with You do not fail to hear your voice of warnings in our lives and in our ministry. Let us be wise as serpents to be aware of the dangers of the enemy and thus make their plans a failure…
This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people.
14 And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.
15 And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens: and receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed, they departed.
16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.
Dated 27 2020