Acts 19:8-20 – December 31, 2006

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LECTURES IN THE SYNAGOGUE AND THE SHOOL OF TYRANNUS (verses 8-10) and OCCULTISTS ARE CONVERTED (verses 11-20)

Each study will have an error in one of the questions. It is our duty as believers to test everything that we read or hear with the Bible. So this will be a mini exercise in testing what is being said in class.

Q1) How are verses 8 and 9 like Acts 18:6, and how are they different?

Clues) We are looking at how the Jews in the synagogue treated Paul.

Discussion) In chapter 18 the Jews went to the point of blaspheming, whereas in chapter 19 the Jews started to speak evil about what Jesus did. It was brought up that Paul could have been sick and tired by this point of dealing with the unbelieving Jews and wanted to go to the Genitles who were searching for God. It was also brought up that it is very likely that Paul knew the point that people would start blspheming Jesus and he stopped dealing with the Jews here at Ephesus before they got to that point. That is showing love on the part of Paul.

Q2) What is exciting about verse 10?

Clues) Think about what happened during the second missionary journey of Paul.

Discussion) First, because Paul was teaching and reasoning daily at the school of Tyrannus, this became like a ghetto blaster, for lack of a better analogy. All of the teaching and signs and wonders that were done at this school for two years started to resonate with those that dwelt in Asia about who Jesus is and what He did on the cross for each person. Remember in Acts 16:6-9, Paul tried twice to go into Asia, but the Holy Spirit did not allow him to do that but directed him westward. Here is a fulfillment of Paul’s desire to go into Asia. What he wanted to do was being fulfilled in Acts 19:10, though he physically did not go into Asia, what was being accomplished for Jesus was like a ghetto blaster in that it was amplifying Jesus to the point that no one could ignore Him any longer. Verse 10 is very exciting for Paul though it is easily overlooked.

Q3) Can verse 12 happen today?

Clues) Do we see this happening?

Discussion) Yes it can happen today, though very few Christians expect this type of thing to happen today. As we get closer to the end days and the Lord pours His Spirit on all people we will see this as a daily occurrence.

Q4) Compare and contrast what Peter did in Acts 16:18 and what the Jewish exorcists did in Acts 19:13?

Clues) This is the trick question. It is Paul and not Peter.

Discussion) Paul had a relationship with Jesus where the Jewish exorcists did not have a relationship with Jesus but were trying to use the name of Jesus to their advantage. Paul not only had a personal relationship with Jesus but he sought out the Lord in times of worship and study. He wanted to know Jesus more and more. Most Christians today stop at a relationship with Jesus but Jesus wants so much more from us. He wants a relationship that is devoted to Him.  In this type of relationship the Lord will open up mysteries and secret places in Him that the “typical” Christian will never understand or comprehend.

Q5) In verse 17, why did fear fall on all the people?

Clues) This is a fear that turns to Jesus.

Discussion) The Jewish exorcists more than likely were using magic as an illusion for profit and did not believe that there were demons. When a demon manifested and then told the exorcists that he knows Jesus and he knows Paul, but that he doesn’t know them, this caused extreme aggitation on the part of the demons. Remember that it says in the Bible that at the mention of the name of Jesus that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. This was like stepping into a hornets nest for the exorcists. They did not know what they were doing when the pronounced the name of Jesus, they thought they were going to have the power that Paul had. When the name of Jesus was mentioned, the demons had to obey, but the exorcists were not proclaiming the name of Jesus to further the kingdom of God. So legally the demons had every right to batter and rip the clothes off of the exorcists. When this happened the people of Ephesus saw the exorcists running down the streets in a state of fear with no clothes on and badly beaten. This caused fear to the Ephesians but was an opening for Paul and those that were at the school of Tyrannus to tell them about what Jesus had done and the power that Jesus has over the demonic realm which further magnifies Jesus Christ.

Q6) Compare and contrast what happened in verse 19 to modern day book burnings that we hear about.

Clues) What is in the heart.

Discussion) This was not censorship but it was a time of repentance and giving up something that was vaulable for following Jesus. Instead of making money from the selling or trading of these items, the people decided to burn them so that no one else would be enslaved by these items of magic.

CHALLENGE: We know that Paul spent three years at Ephesus. We get a glimpse of the things Paul talked about in the book of Ephesians. Why do you think Paul wrote Ephesians 3:14-21 to them?

We did not have time to get into this challenge so it will be the first thing we get into on January 7th, 2007.

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Entry filed under: Time in the Word.

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