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by Wayne Blank
"certain lewd fellows of the baser sort ... assaulted the house of Jason"
During Paul's second missionary journey (see the Fact Finder question below), Paul and Silas stayed for a time at Jason's house in Thessalonica. As with almost everywhere else, there were those who welcomed the Gospel truth that Paul preached, and there were those who hated it. When a mob of unbelievers were unable to find Paul at Jason's house, they instead dragged Jason out and assaulted him.
"Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the Scriptures [see Which Bible Did Jesus Use?], Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ. And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.
It isn't entirely certain whether or not the other Jason that is mentioned by Paul is the same man as indicated above, but if he was, Paul's choice of "the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly" would seem all the more appropriate considering the bruising that Jason took in Thessalonica by Satan-minded people.
"For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.
Fact Finder: Where did the apostle Paul go during his ministry?