Acts 18:5–11 (ESV)
Paul in Corinth
5 When Silas and Timothy
arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. 6 And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now
on I will go to the Gentiles.” 7 And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. His house was next door to the synagogue. 8 Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire
household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized. 9 And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, 10 for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you,
for I have many in this city who are my people.” 11 And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
Paul is preaching to the Jews and when they reject him, he moves on to
preaching to the Gentiles. What we need to get out of this is that Paul did not quit, withdraw, or shut up... but he did change his audience. I think that we often choose to quit or withdraw, but we need to learn from Paul and to move on sharing
the Gospel. I’m not sure what Titius Justus contributes to this reading. All we know is that he was a worshiper of God and lived next to the synagogue. This is fluff that doesn’t really mean anything. I ask “so what?”
Now the next name mentioned is Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, who believed and was baptized. Now verse 9 is the Lord speaking to Paul. He tells Paul “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, 10 for I am with you, and
no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” So what did Paul do? He obeyed! He stuck around for a year and a half. Meanwhile we often continue to remain silent.
I pray: O Lord, help us to learn from Paul and to not become silent, but to boldly proclaim Jesus Christ to all. Amen.