The Jews killed the Lord and the prophets (1 Thess. 2:15)

“The Jews in Judea

Killed

Both the Lord Jesus

And the prophets.

They drove us out.

They displease God.

They oppose everyone.”

τῶν καὶ τὸν Κύριον ἀποκτεινάντων Ἰησοῦν καὶ τοὺς προφήτας καὶ ἡμᾶς ἐκδιωξάντων, καὶ Θεῷ μὴ ἀρεσκόντων, καὶ πᾶσιν ἀνθρώποις ἐναντίων,

Paul said, “The Jews in Judea killed (ἀποκτεινάντων) both the Lord (τῶν καὶ τὸν Κύριον) Jesus (Ἰησοῦν) and the prophets (καὶ τοὺς προφήτας).  They drove us out (καὶ ἡμᾶς ἐκδιωξάντων).  They displease God (καὶ Θεῷ μὴ ἀρεσκόντων).  They oppose everyone (καὶ πᾶσιν ἀνθρώποις ἐναντίων).”  Only this letter to the Thessalonians used this unique word ἐκδιωξάντων, that means to pursue out, expel or persecute, drive out, or harass.  Paul indicated that these Judean Jews had killed the Lord Jesus Christ and the prophets.  Technically, that is not correct since Pilate, the Roman governor, gave the official order to crucify Jesus.  There is no explicit mention of prophets getting killed, but this might be a reference to the Christian Stephan that Paul helped to kill in Acts, chapter 7:57-8:1.  Nevertheless, this scriptural passage has led to a lot of anti-Semitism based on the false accusation that the Jews killed Jesus.  Paul also helped to push out the followers of Jesus Christ with his harassment in, Acts, chapter 8:3.  Thus, Paul was fully aware of what the Jews of Jerusalem and Judea had done, since he was one of the instigators.  After his Damascus conversion, Paul had come to realize that these Jewish zealots were displeasing to God as they opposed everyone who was not fully Jewish.  Prior to Paul’s conversion, he was one of these Judean Jews persecuting the developing Christian church community in and around Jerusalem.  Do you know anyone who was persecuting Christians and then became a Christian?

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