17 Then the crowd there turned on Sosthenes the synagogue leader and beat him in front of the proconsul; and Gallio showed no concern whatever. Acts 18:17
Crispus was the synagogue leader who was saved in a previous verse. We don’t know the reason why Sosthenes was called out and beaten, but he was. The man who just waved his hand to release Paul didn’t care about a synagogue leader being beaten in front of him.
The story here isn’t about Sosthenes being beaten, as terrible as that was. The story is about how cold and cruel the Corinthian Jews and the proconsul Gallio was. It seemed like the Jews were trying to save face after Gallio dismissed them.
How did beating an innocent person help anyone? It didn’t. It was a random act of violence by angry and frustrated men.
Unfortunately this happens every hour of the day around the world: random acts of violence against unsuspecting people. Although it really isn’t random if the destroyer himself, Satan, is behind all the violence. It’s what he does. And it’s what he encourages his people to do.
We shouldn’t be surprised when it happens, but it’s still okay to be outraged about it.