Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper – September 21, 2022

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

24 For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought no little business to the craftsmen. 25 These he gathered together, with the workmen in similar trades, and said, “Men, you know that from this business we have our wealth. 26 And you see and hear that not only in Ephesus but in almost all of Asia this Paul has persuaded and turned away a great many people, saying that gods made with hands are not gods. 27 And there is danger not only that this trade of ours may come into disrepute but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis may be counted as nothing, and that she may even be deposed from her magnificence, she whom all Asia and the world worship.”

Acts 19:24-27


Persuaded 

This passage highlights a major dispute taking place in Ephesus. There is a silversmith named Demetrius, who is a builder of idols specifically for the false god named Artemis. It says in verse 25 that he gathers some of his co-workers and makes it plain, he tells of how they have gotten rich off of Artemis, that the cultural worship of Artemis has made them rich! But in verse 26 we learn that someone has made their way into Ephesus who is telling a new story of the world. We see in the text that Paul entered Ephesus and persuaded a great many people, saying that gods made with hands are no gods at all.

Paul is an influencer. He is gathering people together and opening their eyes to the reality that a God made by human hands is not a God but an idol. Specifically, Paul shares that there is only one God who is sovereign, who is the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything.

When we approach a passage like this I think there are two different angles by which we can apply this text to our lives. First, we should look to identify any “gods made with human hands” in our lives. Is there any good thing in my life that has made its way into God’s seat? Am I looking for something that only God can provide something that I can control? Secondly, we should see how Paul has persuaded a great number of people, and thus we are called to live on mission to help others see the truth of the one true God and not give their worship to another.

So, may we throw down our false idols and seek to help others see God as the one true God.

Reflection

Why do you think Paul was so influential in Ephesus?

Prayer

Our Father,

Thank you for your Word. We pray that by your Spirit, Acts 19:24-27 would change us into the likeness of Christ. We ask that you would expose the idols we store away in our hearts. We pray that they would be replaced by white-hot worship of you. May we leverage our gifts to persuade others to know you! We need your help. We pray all these things in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

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