After all this had happened, Paul decided[a] to go to Jerusalem, passing through Macedonia and Achaia. “After I have been there,” he said, “I must visit Rome also.”
He sent two of his helpers, Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, while he stayed in the province of Asia a little longer.
The Riot in Ephesus
About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way.
A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in a lot of business for the craftsmen there.
He called them together, along with the workers in related trades, and said: “You know, my friends, that we receive a good income from this business.
And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all.
Summary: THIS PORTION OF ACTS FINDS US WITH PAUL STILL IN THE CITY OF EPHESUS. UP TO THIS POINT, PAUL HAS HAD SOMEWHAT OF A SUCCESSFUL ENCOUNTER WITH THE CITY AND ITS RESIDENCE. PEOPLE HAVE COME TO KNOW CHRIST AS SAVIOR AND PAUL CONTINUES TO TEACH DAILY AND SUPPORT HIMSELF IN MINISTRY WITHOUT INCIDENT.
Summary: The Bible is replete with warnings concerning greed, covetousness, and materialism. Money itself is not evil, but when a love for money is born in a person’s heart, there is no limit to how low a man can plunge.
Summary: As Paul went about preaching the gospel, there was a predictable reaction from the enemy of that gospel. This passage helps us understand why the gospel angers people, how they express that anger, and the way that anger is calmed.
Summary: Things are never the same when the Word of God is preached in the power of the Holy Spirit; believed in the heart of the Christian; and practiced in the life of the saint. Certain change is inevitable.
Summary: Our God is dangerous to the foundations of man’s strongholds: materialism, hedonism, power, wealth and fame. It is here that God threatens and intrudes into the lives of men and here that they will fight.