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Jason

Jason, from the Greek name pronounced ee-as-own, meaning to heal, was a Christian in Thessalonica who welcomed Paul (see also Paul's Ministry) and Silas into his home. When a mob of unbelievers were unable to find Paul, they instead dragged Jason unto the ruler of the city, before he was released. There is a Jason mentioned in Acts and Romans, both of whom were close associates of Paul - and may have been the same man.

"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.

A Raving Mob

"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.

But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus. And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things. And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let them go."

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.

And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. Timotheos my workfellow, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you" (Romans 16:19-21 KJV

Fact Finder: Where did the apostle Paul go during his ministry?
Paul's First Missionary Journey: Acts 13:1 to 15:35
Paul's Second Missionary Journey: Acts 15:36 to 18:22
Paul's Third Missionary Journey: Acts 18:23 to 21:17
Paul's Journey To Rome: Acts chapters 27 and 28


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