Scripture: Acts 19

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Paul In Ephesus

Acts 19:1-22 (KJV) And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.  And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.  Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on Him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.  When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.  And all the men were about twelve.  And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.  But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.  10 And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. 11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. 13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.  14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.  15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?  16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.  17 And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.  18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.  19 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.  21 After these things were ended, 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.  22 So he sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him, Timotheus and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a season.

Questions: and Answers:

1. What did Paul ask certain disciples in Ephesus (Acts 19:2a)? Paul asked, “Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?”

2. What did the disciples answer (Acts 19:2b)? The disciples answered, “We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.”

3. Then what did Paul ask them (Acts 19:3a)? Paul asked, “Unto what then were ye baptized?”

4. What did the disciples answer (Acts 19:3b)? The disciples answered, “Unto John’s baptism.”

5. Who did Paul indicate they should believe in (Acts 19:4)? Paul indicated they should believe in the one who came after John, that is Jesus.

6. When the disciples heard what Paul said what did they do (Acts 19:5)? The disciples were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

7. What happened when Paul laid his hands on the disciples (Acts 19:6)? The Holy Ghost came on the disciples and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.

8. Then what did Paul do (Acts 19:8)? Paul went into the synagogue and spoke boldly, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God.

9. How did some of those who heard him respond (Acts 19:9)? Some who heard Paul refused to listen and spoke against the Way.

10. How long did Paul stay and what was the results (Acts 19:10)? Paul continued for two years so that all who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.

11. What did God give Paul the gift to do (Acts 19:11-12)? God worked special miracles by Paul’s hand so even the sick were healed by handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him.  So also did diseases depart and evil spirits went out of them.

12. One day, what did some vagabond Jews try to do and what was the results (Acts 19:13-16)? One day, some vagabond Jews took it upon themselves to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over one who was demon-possessed.  The evil spirit answered, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are you?” And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on the vagabond Jews, overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of the house naked and wounded.

 13. What were the results of this incident (Acts 19:17-20)? This incident was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.  Many that believed came, and confessed, and openly confessed their deeds.  Many of them who practiced sorcery brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.  The Word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power. 

14. Who did Paul send into Macedonia and what did Paul do (Acts 19:22)? Paul sent Timotheus (Timothy) and Erastus to Macedonia.  He himself stayed in Asia.

The Riot In Ephesus

Acts 19:23-41 (KJV) 23 And the same time there arose no small stir about that way.  24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen; 25 Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.  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: 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 sayings, 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.  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.  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.  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 town clerk 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, and there are deputies: let them implead one another.  39 But if ye enquire anything concerning other matters, it shall be determined in a lawful 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.

Questions and Answers:

1. How did Demetrius make a living (Acts 19:23-25)? Demetrius who was a silversmith made money crafting silver shrines of Diana, a goddess.

2. What did Demetrius say Paul had done (Acts 19:26)? Demetrius said Paul had persuaded and turned away many people from the other gods which were made with hands.

3. So how would this affect Demetrius (Acts 19:27)? Demetrius said not only was there a danger that their craft would lose its good name, but the temple of the great goddess Artemis could be discredited and robbed of her divine majesty.

4. What was the response from those listening to Demetrius (Acts 19:28)? Those listening to Demetrius were full of wrath and cried out, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians.”

5. What was the response from the whole city (Acts 19:29)? 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. 

6. What happened when Paul tried to enter the place where his companions were (Acts 19:30-31)? The disciples prevented Paul from entering. And some of his friends also sent a message asking him to not venture into the theater.

7. How did the assembly respond (Acts 19:32)? Some people cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused. Most of the people did not even know why they were there.

8. What did the town clerk do (Acts 19:34-41)? The town clerk gave the assembly time (about two hours) and then calmed the crowd and dismissed them.

HEAR the WORD

Acts 19:11-16  11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.  13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.  14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.  15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?  16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder on the above verses.  Why do you believe God worked through Paul to heal but didn’t do the same for the vagabond Jews? My Bible notes: The Jews were trying to use Jesus’ name in an effort to match Paul’s power.  Many Ephesians engaged in exorcism and occult practices for profit.  The sons of Scevia were impressed by Paul’s work, whose power to drive out demons came from God’s Holy Spirit, not from witchcraft, and was obviously more powerful than theirs.  They discovered that no one can control or duplicate God’s power.  These men were calling on the name of Jesus without knowing the person.  The power to change people comes from Christ.  It cannot be tapped by reciting His name like a magic charm.  God works His power only through those He chooses.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Acts 19:11 (NIV) God did extraordinary miracles through Paul.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

We too can do extraordinary deeds if we rely on the Lord.  God wants to use His children to reach the world with the good news.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Encourage the next person you meet.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, thank You for the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:1-6).  Lord, I pray we will speak boldly about You to those we meet (Acts 19:8).  Lord, I pray all will hear Your Word (Acts 19:10).  Lord, I pray we will do extraordinary deeds for You.  I pray we will give the credit to You for anything of value we say or do (Acts 19:11-12). Lord, I pray we will have no other gods before You (Acts 19:34).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I speak boldly and continually about the one true God.” <>< Dona