February 22, 2018
Acts 19:35-… And when the town clerk had quieted the crowd he said, “men of Ephesus, who is there that does not know that Ephesus is the temple keeper of the great Artemis, and of the sacred stone that fell from the sky?”
This was spoken by the town clerk. Apparently a meteorite had fallen near Ephesus and they had made a safe place for its keeping. They believed it came from a god or it was a god. Some silversmiths made metal images commemorating the rock. Paul’s teaching told them of the real God and their rock was losing its luster. The silversmiths were potentially losing business. That was the reason for this assembly. To my knowledge, Paul didn’t mention the rock or their worship of it.
When risking an argument about vain philosophies or opinions, he preached Jesus Christ and Him crucified. That is not a fix-all message, but it is an end-all-arguments message. It is the message of the Bible. The Bible is the revelation of God to men and the pinnacle of that revelation is Jesus, coming and dying on a cross for men and women. Since Jesus was God for all eternity (John 1:1), God gave Himself for our salvation. That is a most interesting revelation. God, who is infinitely greater than any man and all men, died to save us. The most sacrificed for the least. That action set the bar for Christianity. We sacrifice for all. Paul apparently did not put down the people of Ephesus because of their wrong concept of God. He preached Jesus to them and the church that was started continued on. It was the first church that Jesus wrote to in Revelation 2. The people of Ephesus were lost souls. I am studying Islam because a friend is introducing me to it. Muslims are not all terrorists and even the terrorists are not all convinced that they need to kill Christians. Muslims are people in need of the truth. All men and women are in need of the truth. They may have an opinion about God but do they know Him? And that is our assignment. Get to know God. Don’t settle for another person’s opinion. Know Him and witness what you know. We are not just witnesses of what we have read; we are witnesses of what we know. God invites us to know Him. Accept the invitation.