Sunday, August 22, 2010

NIPTO, Day 196

Wow. Thursday is NIPTO, Day 200!
I feel like I should bake a cake and write that on it or something =P

Today: Got up for music at church, first service music, talked with Mark&Diane, did the last song of the first service, did the second service stuff. And then hung around and talked to Rosie and Kay and Sally. We came home and ate lunch... and then hung around the house for a while... Then Mom and I went to Giant Eagle to do some grocery shopping (and driving for me!). Then we came home... and... I really don't know what I did. Lame.
We ate dinner and went for a walk. And now we're watching Psych. Shawn &Gus are HILAAARIOUS!
Love love love.

I'm babysitting for a long time tomorrow. I'm not super excited about it... but it's a job.

NIPTO now...
Acts 17:1-15
 1When they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. 2As his custom was, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3explaining and proving that the Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead. "This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ," he said. 4Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and not a few prominent women.

They kept traveling... as is a patter in this book! Then they went to the synagogue and Paul reasoned with them for three days. This seems different to me than in past chapters/sections. It seems like they would just TALK, but here he reasoned with them. It was more of a 2 way thing rather than a one way thing.
He explained and proved that Christ died and rose from the dead. 
Some people joined Paul and Silas and some were a bunch of Greek people... and not a few prominent women? That's confusing to me. I don't know if it's late and I'm just not comprehending something simple grammar-wise, but I'm confused.

 5But the Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason's house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd. 6But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other brothers before the city officials, shouting: "These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here, 7and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar's decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus."8When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil. 9Then they made Jason and the others post bond and let them go.
So the Jewish people got jealous. They wanted people in their church.... They didn't want their thunder stolen by a couple of guys who just came in out of the blue! So they "rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace" and formed a mob. They're smart! Mob psychology is contagious! (Obviously... since there's such a thing as mob psychology!) They went to Jason's house (??? where they were staying apparently!) to find Paul & Silas and didn't find anyone, so they dragged Jason and some other people around the city to stir up some more trouble. The crowd heard what they were saying (partially true! haha) and got the officials into a tizzy. So they made Jason and the other guys that they were dragging around post bond and then they let them go.

In Berea (NOT Ohio... hah)
 10As soon as it was night, the brothers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. 12Many of the Jews believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.

So since it was kind of crazy where they were, Paul and Silas were sent away to a different city. When they got there they did what they always did. Youuu guessed it! (Or just read it!) They went to the Jewish synagogue. The people of Berea were... more... civil than the people from Thessalonica. And they heard what Paul&Silas were saying and accepted it with open hearts and were studying for themselves to see if what Paul was telling them was true. A lot of people believed in Berea. 

 13When the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea, they went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up. 14The brothers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea. 15The men who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.

Then the Jews in Thessalonica got wind that Paul and Silas were teaching in Berea so they sent some people down (over, up?) there to get the people to rise up against them. They stirred up the crowds and they were turning against Paul&Silas so Paul went to the coast, but Silas&Timothy stayed in Berea. Some guys took Paul to the coast (Athens) and went back and told Silas&Tim to join him ASAP! 

And that's all for today. Except not! I'm listening to my playlist from LT and thought this song was fantastic. Sooooo I'm going to leave you with that. I've gotta be up early tomorrow to babysit... YAY! 
I'm really trying to be enthusiastic, but I'm having a hard time. I've never babysat for the family before (but we know them pretty well, they live on our street. Except for the fact that I don't really know the boy I'm babysitting for because I always talk to his mom! haha). But I think he'll be good. He's like, 9 or 10. We'll see how it goes! Monday and Tuesday... so. Yeah. Prayer would be kinda good. (I think I need an attitude adjustment. Or something.)
Enjoy the video!

G'night readers. Y'all are awesome.

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