Acts 16:10b immediately we sought to go into Macedonia,
At Troas the writer Luke of Acts stopped using the term “they’ to describe the people in Paul’s team of missionaries and started using “we”. Luke had joined the team and about 67 AD, 18 years later, wrote the books of Luke and Acts. Luke used “we” and “us” during the rest of Acts ending in each of these verses vv.11-16.
Paul’s initial team member Silas. Silas was one of the representatives that the Jerusalem church sent to Antioch to explain the decision of the council concerning the conversion of Gentiles [Acts 15:22]. Silas was a good choice for the mission. First, because he was a Roman citizen. At Philippi Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown into prison in stocks. As they prayed and sang praises to God the prisoners heard them and an earthquake unloosed them. The jailer was saved. Later they were sent on their way because they were Roman citizens. [Acts 16:22-40] It would have been difficult for Paul to claim his citizenship privileges if his partner had not also been a Roman citizen. Second, it is clear that Silas was well respected by the church in Jerusalem. Luke referred to Judas and Silas as “leading men among the brothers” [15:22].
The name “Silas” is a shortened form of “Silvanus”, and the Silvanus whom Paul mentions in his writings to the Corinthians [2 Corinthians 1:19] 56AD and the Thessalonians [1 & 2 Thessalonians 1:1] 51AD is almost certainly the Silas of Acts, and maybe the same as the Silvanus who carried Peter’s first letter [1 Peter 5:12] to its scattered recipients in 65AD. If so Silas was a faithful servant of Jesus for 15 years.
The two missionary teams: Barnabas & Mark and Paul, Silas, Timothy & Luke were faithful servants of Jesus the rest of their lives. Team members Paul, Mark and Luke wrote 16 of the 27 books in the New Testament. The peaceful reconciliation of the sharp disagreement between Paul and Barnabas glorified God and set an example for disciples today.
Have you ever been involved in a disagreement that God used to multiply His work force?
Henry Luke 1/5/2018
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