8 Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God. 9 But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. 10 This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.
Synagogue was a normal way of life for the Jewish people all over the world. This is where they gathered to worship and learn. Here Paul has travelled to Ephesus (western Turkey) to meet with the believers and others, to discuss and have fellowship. Here is Paul challenging the Jewish people “How to enter God’s kingdom”. However people did not want to listen, so he moves his “followers” to a hall owned by Tyrannus and teaches them for 2 years in the area. What is amazing to me is that the scripture says: EVERYONE LIVING IN THE PROVINCE OF ASIA, JEWS AND NON-JEWS HEARED THE PROPHETIC WORD OF THE LORD.
We know that Timothy, eventually becomes the Pastor of the church at Ephesus which is reputed to have had 60,000 people. Timothy’s leadership has rested on the foundation of the teaching of Paul in that region and of Paul’s discipleship of Timothy. However here is a man Tyannus, who provides a hall for the teaching of this region. This scripture speaks to me of how we are ALL a piece in God’s story – HIStory. We ALL have a place, we all have a mission, we all need to bring something to our church and local community to bring about a future and an effect that we can’t see on this side.
Lord Jesus, help each one of us to take a hold of what you want us to be and do in every season. We thank you Lord that there is no retirement in the Kingdom of God, our lives just take a different course. Show us and lead us how to make a difference with who we are and what we have.
Written by Ps. Sue Botta