Acts 19:28-34

28When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” 29Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia, and rushed as one man into the theater. 30Paul wanted to appear before the crowd, but the disciples would not let him. 31Even some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, sent him a message begging him not to venture into the theater.

32The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there. 33The Jews pushed Alexander to the front, and some of the crowd shouted instructions to him. He motioned for silence in order to make a defense before the people. 34But when they realized he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison for about two hours: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”

One response to “Acts 19:28-34

  1. This is a classic example of a mob mentality. I love the phrase that some of the people didn’t even know why they were there.

    These people shouted for two continuous hours defending their false god that had never done anything for them. How much time do we invest defending a God who redeemed us and showers favor on our lives? I know that God does not need defending from me, but sharing my faith and my belief shows my true commitment to what he has done for me.

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