1 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,
Paul's travels are taking him closer to Jerusalem and fulfilling that vow of the Nazarite.
2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Spirit since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Spirit.
Those in Ephesus are surprised by this comment.
3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism.
They had only heard of being baptized unto the coming Savior by John the Baptist baptizing in the spirit of repentance.
4 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.
Paul is telling them, they focused on the wrong one. It is the blood of Christ that washes away our sins, not John's baptizing. Tradition has got in the way of The Truth.
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
The power of The LORD is shown from The LORD and everyone understood what was being said in tongues= language, from where they were born.
7 And all the men were about twelve.
8 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.
The twelve men went in boldly. For three months they taught The Word about the kingdom of God.
9 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.
Some didn't like The Truth of God, so they twisted it. Go figure, the same thing is happening today very rapidly.
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.
Those within the school of Tyrannus and spreading throughout Asia, continued teaching for two years about The Kingdom of God and our Lord Christ Jesus.
11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:
God uses Paul to serve His will. Talk about being a blessing.
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.
These handkerchiefs and aprons have nothing to do with their sickness because it IS The Power of God that does the healing.
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.
These vagabond Jews are in Revelation for today. Revelation 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty (but thou art rich), and I know the blasphemy of them which say thay are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. And they are first recorded in Genesis. Genesis 4:12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; and fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. They claim to be Jews but are of satan. His sons running around causing trouble in the whole world. Even a kenite can be saved, all they have to do is repent in Christ Jesus name. Only in Christ name will evil be remove and only His name saves.
14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.
This Kenite vagabond, one who sat over the Sanhedrin, tried chasing evil spirits out, while mocking Paul's words. Evil will always mock and downplay the good and what is right.
15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
Now this evil spirit of satan is mocking Sceva and his seven sons. You mess with evil, it will become part of you.
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.
What you put into your life, you will put out. They loved evil more than good, so it became part of them.
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.
Because the Jews and Greeks in Ephesus had seen what happened to Sceva and his seven sons, they praised The Lord.
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.
"curious arts" Greek = "periergos" = witchcraft, mediums, etc. The values spent on this junk totaled 50,000 pieces of silver.
20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
When they buckled down and got busy, The Word grew and blessings followed. There's power in His Word.
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.
Paul wants to go to Rome, but his vow of the Nazarite must first be completed, then he will go to Jerusalem.
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.
23 And the same time there arose no small stir about that way.
"That Way" is that path we follow as Christians. To be a Christian we must be Christ like and He shows us how to be can do children of God. People will hate us along "The Way". John 15:18-21 18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.
24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen;
Diana = a multi-breasted goddess of the orient in ancient Babylon she was Semiramis, the Queen of Babylon. Demetrius got rich making idols of Diana to sell.
25 Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.
Demetrius gets other idol makers together because of the fear of Christianity.
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:
Their losing money because people are turning from the fake gods they make with their 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.
They want to believe a lie = their god because it is their way of life, their income. So many do the same things today. They won't take a stand for Christ as to not offend anyone and loose money. This goes for most churches. They don't teach you The Truth and fullness of God's Word because they themselves don't know it or they're afraid you would walk out, causing them a reason to not pass the plate.
28 And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
They just don't want to let it go. They would rather hold to evil, then accept good, being truly blessed. The flesh has a hold on them.
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.
The only two these evil people could find are Gaius and Aristarchus. They take them to the theater, wanting to discredit them.
30 And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not.
The disciples don't want Paul to go into this mob.
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.
Paul was a very persuasive with this "chief of Asia" = Greek = Asiarches, a person chosen for their position of wealth. They would pay for some of the festivals expenses.
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.
Things got so confusing, they didn't even know why they where there.
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.
These Jews = kenites, were pushing Alexander to speak to this mob. We know they're kenites claiming to be Jews because they're part of the idol worshipers. These Jews are not of the blood line. Jews here is Greek = "Ioudaous" They're living in the land of Judaea. # 2453 Stong's Greek dictionary.
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.
They knew Alexander was a Jew and they weren't going to let him say anything against their god Diana = a multi-breasted goddess of the orient in ancient Babylon she was Semiramis, the Queen of Babylon.
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?
The townclerk is like its mayor, a politician. He's working them up that their god fell from Jupiter. He's bringing them together on this brain washing to calm the crowd. If he fails to calm them, the crowd will be disbursed by the Romans.
36 Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly.
He is telling them to calm down, that their god isn't being attacked.
37 For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.
What he is saying is that Paul, Aristarchus and Gaius aren't robbing them, nor have they said anything against 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.
The townclerk is now saying, if Paul, Aristarchus and Gaius are doing anything to these idol makers, they should take it to the courts.
39 But if ye enquire any thing concerning other matters, it shall be determined in a lawful assembly.
Any other complaints, don't stir up the crowd, just take it up in court. This townclerk is worried the Roman guards are going to get involved.
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.
The actions of aggregation in the mob is going to catch the eye of the Romans. He wants them to calm down.
41 And when he had thus
spoken, he dismissed the assembly.
"Everyone doesn't have to go home, you just can't stay here"