Riot in Ephesus

Acts 19:21-41

“When these things were accomplished, Paul purposed in the Spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, I must also see Rome.” So he sent into Macedonia two of those who ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus, but he himself stayed in Asia for a time.

And about that time there arose a great commotion about the Way. For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Diana, brought no small profit to the craftsmen. He called them together with the workers of similar occupation, and said: “Men, you know that we have our prosperity by this trade.

Moreover you see and hear that not only at Ephesus, but throughout almost all Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away many people, saying that they are not gods which are made with hands.

So not only is this trade of ours in danger of falling into disrepute, but also the temple of the great goddess Diana may be despised and her magnificence destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worship.”

Now when they heard this, they were full of wrath and cried out, saying, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!”

So the whole city was filled with confusion, and rushed into the theater with one accord, having seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians, Paul’s travel companions. And when Paul wanted to go in to the people, the disciples would not allow him.

Then some of the officials of Asia, who were his friends, sent to him pleading that he would not venture into the theater. Some therefore cried one thing and some another, for the assembly was confused, and most of them did not know why they had come together. And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward.

And Alexander motioned with his hand, and wanted to make his defense to the people. But when they found out that he was a Jew, all with one voice cried out for about two hours, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!”

And when the city clerk had quieted the crowd, he said: “Men of Ephesus, what man is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is temple guardian of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Zeus? Therefore, since these things cannot be denied, you ought to be quiet and do nothing rashly.

For you have brought these men here who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of your goddess. Therefore, if Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a case against anyone, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. Let them bring charges against one another. But if you have any other inquiry to make, it shall be determined in the lawful assembly.

For we are in danger of being called in question for today’s uproar, there being no reason which we may give to account for this disorderly gathering.” And when he had said these things, he dismissed the assembly.”

Paul started trouble by preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ as directed by the Lord in the city of Ephesus. Ephesus was a city in Greece on the sea shore and was a great metropolitan hub. Commerce was very strong and it is the location of one of the world’s wonders with Diana of the Ephesians.

Diana was a goddess, revered in the region. Revered to the degree that statues of brass and other artifacts, made into idols, was a very hot commodity. People from all over the world would buy these idol statues and the coppersmiths would make an enormous amount of money.

But Paul came and the Holy Spirit used Paul to start one of the greatest revivals to date. Paul preached that the idols they have can’t be compared to Jesus who was raised from the dead to free men from sin.

This message changed almost an entire city. People were abandoning Diana of the Ephesians. People would no longer buy these idols. Then the whole city revolted. The remaining non converts started a riot and it was because their employment was threatened.

Their lively hood was threatened. The devil need to stop Paul and his companions and used a riot to bring a halt to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Today, it wasn’t the gospel that brought about the current riot in the United States.

The current spiritual condition is at a very low. If we’re honest.

Coronavirus came into the United States and governors placed a halt to services. The virus is on the decline and an opening up of a closed economy was about to occur.

Then two men were killed. One in Georgia and the other in Minnesota.

It sparked protests that started as peaceful protests. Then it turned violent. As a result, the economy will take years to recover.

We want the preaching of the gospel to have a profound effect to cause people to drop idol worship. We want for entire cities to be preached to and turned to the Lord.

No one wants a riot, but anytime you want to stop something, violence and riots will be the tool of choice by demons.

Where do we go from here?

Social distancing and coronavirus is no longer on the front page. The house arrest imposed on people because of the coronavirus, had kept a raging lion on edge. Now that people have had enough, all that pent up anger, all that build up is now released in violent protests.

You see, the protests, peaceful protests, we shouldn’t have a problem with it. But when it becomes violent riots, and governors and mayors either take no action or are slow to respond, we see that it’s of a demonic source.

Riots originates from devils. Sinners listen to demons and obey them.

We also see that opening up cities also opens up local true houses of worship. True houses of worship are those that believe that Jesus is the Head of the Church.

So, the lockdown, in particular, in NYC is still in effect. But just because the lockdown is still in effect, doesn’t mean that the Lord has ceased.

But we see that any major disruption is an demonic interruption to confuse people, in particular, the true believers. We need not be confused as the world. The Lord is our shield and buckler and we trust only in Him.

Proverbs 3:5 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”

Rioting will one day end. The madness of power in overdrive will end.

Man needs the Lord Jesus. But man will not come to the Lord. As a result, Jeremiah 17:5-10 is the watch word.

Published by The Minister's Crucible

The Minister's Crucible is designed to inform the Body of Christ about the inner workings of the ministry. The word Crucible from Latin, is "crux" where we get the word "cross" from. It also means a "metal container" where metals and other substances are melted or are subjected to higher temperatures, put to the temperature test. The Lord Jesus said "If any man desires to follow after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me." Let's take up our cross and follow Him.

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