Acts 19:8 And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God. 9But when some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them and withdrew the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus. 10And this continued for two years, so that all who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
Paul goes into the synagogue at Ephesus to teach and preach the gospel. As yet there were no Christian churches, so he went to places where Jews assembled.
He preached there, the things of the kingdom of God. In other words, He talked to them about God’s dominion over their lives and their subjection to it. But more importantly he taught about the Messiah and the right and wrong way of regarding His Kingdom. Some listened and heeded the message but some hardened their hearts.
For a period of three months, he disputed with them and gave answers to their objections. He was a master of persuasion and engaged in this debate constantly. Finally seeing that they had no conscience, no shame, and no heart for salvation, he withdrew.
The school of Tyrannus was a place of learning for those who studied either philosophy or religion. Going to the school of Tyrannus meant that instead of teaching only on the Sabbath he could now teach and preach every day, and now he could have Gentiles as well as Jews come and learn the things of heaven.
He taught there for two years so that the word of the Lord was spread far and wide.
What we teach is important, but to whom we teach it is even more important. Jesus said, “And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!” (Matthew 10:14, 15)
There comes a time when we must kick the dust from our feet and depart the hardhearted, and those who are spiritually dead. Giving them an opportunity to listen and to believe is all we are obligated to do. Paul went way beyond the call of duty with those that even argued against him.
Today we must consider what we are willing to do for the sake of the kingdom, and what we will not. Paul was willing to argue for three months before he walked away. You do not have to argue or persuade nearly that long especially if you are being argued against.
Y’shua Himself tells us, “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.” (Matthew 7:6)
So yes, to those who are interested in hearing the Truth of God’s Word we must bear that message, but to those who refuse to listen and obey, they are not supposed to get it!
Paul explains why in His letter to the Church in Thessalonica, “And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:9-12)
God knows who is unwilling, or unable to hear the truth, and leaves their deception in place, so that when Judgment comes, they will perish. He will not allow these to enter the kingdom and they therefore will be destroyed right along with the Anti-Christ. (Satan)
When People come back for more then, we know that we’re speaking to YHVH God’s chosen, and not to those who have no use for the truth,
Did Y’shua not say? “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”
These are the ones who are seeking after the truth, These are the sheep that must be fed.
Shalom my friends,