“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/The Riot in Ephesus

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

<p>”A Riot in Ephesus”, Acts 19:23) And the same time there arose no small stir about that Way.  Acts 9:2.  24) For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen;  Acts 16:16, 19.  25) Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.  1Timothy 6:10; Revelation 18:15, 16.  26) Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands:  1Corinthians 8:4.  27) So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.  28) And when they heard these saying, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.   29) And the whole city was filled with confusion:  and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul’s companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.  Romans 16:23; Colossians 4:10.  30) And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the Disciples suffered him not.  31) And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the theatre.  1Peter 1:1.  32) Some therefore cried one thing, and some another:  for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.  33) And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward.  And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defence unto the people.  2Timothy 4:4.  34) But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.  35) And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?  36) Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly.  37) For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.  38) Wherefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen which are with him, have a matter against any man, the law is open (the court days are kept), and there are deputies:  let them implead one another.  39) But if ye enquire any thing concerning other matters, it shall be determined in a lawful (ordinary) assembly.  40) For we are in danger to be called in question for this day’s uproar, there being no cause whereby we may give an account of this concourse.  41) And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.  Proverbs 15:1; Ecclesiastes 9:17. 

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v23-31, Persons who came from afar to pay their devotions at the temple of Ephesus, bought little silver shrines, or models of the temple, to carry home with them.  Men are jealous for that by which they get their wealth; and many set themselves against the Gospel of Christ, because it calls men from all unlawful crafts, however much wealth is to be gotten of them.  The whole city was full of confusion, the common and natural effect of zeal for false religion.  Zeal for the honour of Christ, and love to the brethren, encourage zealous believers to venture into danger.  Friends will often be raised up among those who are strangers to true religion.  v32-41, The Jews came forward in this tumult.  Those who are careful to distinguish themselves from the servants of Christ, shall have their doom accordingly in the great day.  One, having authority, at length stilled the nose.  We ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly; or in haste, of which we may repent later.  The regular methods of the law ought always to stop popular tumults, and in well-governed nations will do so.  Most people stand in awe of men’s judgments more than of the judgment of God.  See how the overruling providence of God keeps the public peace.  Thus the world is kept in some order, and men are held back from devouring each other.  Let us not be dismayed; the Lord on High is mightier than the noise of many waters; He can still the rage of the people.  Amen.
Quest Study Bible – v28, Why was Artemis called great? The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus housed an image that supposedly fell from Heaven. The temple was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. People from throughout the Roman empire came to see its ornate pillars and imposing structure (large enough to contain a football field). Tourist trade was brisk. Silversmiths sold their crafts.

More to come and God Bless You.

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