Acts 19:21–28 (ESV)
A Riot at Ephesus
Now after these events Paul resolved in the Spirit to pass through Macedonia and Achaia and go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, I must also see Rome.” 22 And having sent into Macedonia two of his helpers, Timothy and Erastus, he
himself stayed in Asia for a while.
23 About that time there arose no little disturbance concerning the Way. 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.”
28 When they heard this they were enraged and were crying out, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”
When you break down today’s reading, it is not over religious beliefs, it is over lost income and business. Sure they throw in the religious aspect, but this is really over fear of losing their income source of selling
statues. We too sometimes do things in the name of religion when it is really in the name of money. Often we claim to be a Christian, yet operate contrary to Jesus. This again is a reflection of the First Commandment: You shall have no other gods before me.
I pray: O Lord, help me to keep my eyes focused on you and to walk according to your ways. It is so easy to let the ways of the world to distract us and to fall prey to letting worldly things, passions, or even money
to become our god. Help us to know when we are selling out, to repent and turn from our ways, and to have no other gods before You. Amen.