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Acts 19

Jerry Zhang
Jerry Zhang

1 min read

Paul found some disciples in Ephesus that haven't heard of the Holy Spirit. They were apparently baptized by John. Paul revealed that Jesus is the one that came after John, and they received the Holy Spirit. Paul remained in Ephesus for two years and three months.

A silversmith named Demetrius brought the craftsmen together to complain about how Paul is persuading people from Ephesus and in Asia to turn away from idol worship. Then, a riot in Ephesus followed. This lasted until the town clerk quieted the crowd and stated that the courts are open to field any complaints.

Information Travel Speed

I found it interesting that the disciples hadn't heard of the Holy Spirit yet. Sometimes I forget that information traveled much slower back in the day. While today we may have the internet, back then word traveled with people. This is an important context to consider when reading Scripture.

At the same time, we must be mindful that since modern internet infrastructure has enabled information to spread faster, this includes both good and bad information. We must be careful of managing our information intake so we receive relevant information while guarding against deception.

Profiting From Idolatry

Is faith bad for business? To Demetrius, who made money by crafting idols, the answer is yes. He and his fellow craftsmen profit from idolatry where people worship statues.

What about in the modern world? While we may not worship statues as much anymore, idolatry is still very much present in our lives. Today, we face idolatry in the form of celebrity worship, materialism, hedonism, and more. Anything that we put before God is considered an idol.

The entertainment industry profits from celebrity worship; wall street profits from materialism; they are the modern-day Demetrius. And we as Christians must be careful not to fall into the trap of placing them higher than God.


Jerry Zhang

Programmer, YouTuber, and amateur musician. I like to write too!