Bible Reading – Acts 19

Paul Ministers at Ephesus (19:1-10). Having passed through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, Paul came to Ephesus (see 18:23; 19:1), where he led some disciples to a complete understanding of the good news, just as Aquila and Priscilla had done for Apollos (see 18:25-26). Paul then spent two years teaching in the lecture hall of Tyrannus, so that all who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.

The Seven Sons of Sceva (19:11-20). God was performing extraordinary miracles by Paul’s hands, but when some local Jewish exorcists tried to imitate Paul, a demon-possessed man attacked them! News of this event brought about a public display of repentance, with many converts burning their occult books.

A Riot in Ephesus (19:21-41). Paul faced one more crisis before ending his lengthy stay at Ephesus. Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines of the goddess Artemis, instigated a riot against Paul, charging that his preaching had hurt their sale of shrines and would lead to the goddess Artemis being regarded as nothing. An enraged and confused crowd soon filled the theater and for about two hours shouted in unison, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” Only when the city’s secretary warned of the danger of being charged with rioting did the assembly disperse. (Willmington’s Bible Handbook Modified)

Practical Lessons: (1) The right questions are an effective tool in converting people to the Lord Jesus. (2) Fear mixed with praise leads to repentance. (3) Persuading people to follow the Lord Jesus eliminates the futility of idolatry.