All Man-made Gods Simply Be Idols Ter Tha Devil Himself

If there is anything further you want to bring up, it must be settled in a legal assembly.

All Man-made Gods Simply Be Idols Ter Tha Devil Himself

If there is anything further you want to bring up, it must be settled in a legal assembly. Acts 19:39 (Acts 19:12-41)

After Saul Paul decided ter gather gifts fer tha brothers and sisters in Judea, he passed through Ephesus. While thar ah great disturbance broke out agin tha Way.

Ah silversmith named Demetrius made silver shrines ter tha little god Artemis and that chap made ah good deal of money off’n his work. He called tergether all workers in tha idol-making trade and warned ’em that if they whar not careful, Saul Paul would put ’em out of business, fer he promoted only one god, Skipper.  “Also the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited if this Paul fellow keeps this up,” he said, “and the goddess herself will be robbed of her divine majesty.”

Now as ya well know, thar be no divine dignity or magic power in little gods, fer all man-made gods simply be idols ter tha Devil himself. Ever god ever crafted by man come from tha mind of man and tha mind of man be perverted by tha thoughts from tha Devil.

When tha workers of tha idol trade heard Demetrius spreading such talk, they became furious and started shouting: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” Soon tha whole city be in an uproar. Folks rushed ter seize Gaius and Aristarchus, Saul Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia. Saul Paul himself wanted ter appear befer tha crowd but tha disciples forbade him. Even some of tha officials of the province, friends of Saul Paul, sent him a message begging him not ter venture near tha theater whar tha mob be gathered.

Inside tha theater tha rabble whar in great confusion. Some shouted one thing, some another. Most didn’ even know why they whar thar: they simply showed up due ter all tha commotion. All shouted in unison fer about two hours: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”

Such be tha behavior of them led astray by tha lies of tha Devil. Thar blood boils hot, tongues flap, fists fly. They ‘ill make all manner of demands ter be heard and claim they be aggrieved by one party or ah nudder. Only most kin not cite evidence of why they hate and lash out. They kin only say other folks aggrieved ’em.

Tha city clerk, fearing Roman soldiers might take matters in ter thar own hands, quieted tha crowd with these words: “If Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a grievance against anybody, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. They can press charges. If there is anything further you want to bring up, it must be settled in a legal assembly. As it is, we are in danger of being charged with rioting because of what happened today. In that case we would not be able to account for this commotion, since there is no reason for it.”

Now think on this a wee little bit: when tha man of lawlessness comes, rioting and shouting, looting and shooting, ‘ill be ah normal day fer most folks. All ‘ill live in fear of thar neighbor. All ‘ill be estranged from family and friends, fer tha power of tha Devil be great over folks when they give themselves over ter hate, lies, and wickedness.

Tha fruit of Skip’s Holy Spirit of Truth be love, joy, peace, tolerance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Agin this tha Devil stands no chance. 

Tha end of tha rioting in Ephesus be this: Saul Paul sent fer tha disciples and after encouraging ’em, he bid ’em good-bye and set out fer Macedonia. He traveled through that area speaking many words of encouragement ter folks, finally arriving in Greece whar he stayed three months in Corinth.

Make it yer task ter avoid taking yer grievances ter tha street and becoming mixed up with rabble rousers whose only goal be ter cause mischief. Instead, seek ter offer kind words, restore relationships, and above all, listen intently ter folks while they pour out thar heart. Who knows but in doing so ya ‘ill draw others ter tha light of tha Sun.

“I Am With You.”

Do not be afraid. Keep on speaking.

"I Am With You."

While Silas and Tim remained in Berea, Saul Paul set out fer Athens. When he could stand it no longer, fer he worried ’bout them he left in Thessalonica, he instructed Tim ter head back that way and check on tha disciples left behind (1 Thessalonians 3:1-2).  Soon as Saul Paul knowed Tim would take care of tha flock, he set off fer Corinth, which be but ah short hike down tha road.

While in Corinth he met ah pair of Christian Jews named Aquila, and his wife Priscilla. Because Claudius had tossed all Christian Jews out of Rome, tha couple set up shop in Corinth ter work. Since Saul Paul also be a tentmaker, tha couple took him in and no doubt allowed him ter work along with ’em in thar trade (Acts 18:1-4).  As at other times trouble found Saul Paul, this time in tha form of some Jews who treated him harshly. (Acts 18:6).

Think on this a wee little bit: by this point Saul Paul may ‘ave been traveling alone, fer it not be clear that even Luke whar with him. By this time Saul Paul had also endured much fer tha sake of tha good spiel. Ever place he stopped he faced obstacles. Why even tha Holy Spirit of Truth seemed ter be agin Saul Paul at times, fer Skip’s Spirit prevented him from preaching in tha province of Asia and later would not allow him ter enter Bithynia (Acts 16:6-7).

In Philippi ah crowd attack Saul Paul and Silas. Fer thar trouble tha magistrate ordered tha pair ter be stripped and beaten with rods (Acts 16:22).

Once they whar severely flogged, tha pair whar thrown in ter prison, and tha jailer commanded ter guard ’em carefully (Acts 16:23). After ‘aving suffered a public beaten and denied ah trial, they whar kicked out of Philippi.

Even being in tha company of Saul Paul brought persecution ter his friends and companions. In Thessalonica jealous Jews rounded up some bad characters, formed ah mob, and started ah riot in tha city ter protest Saul Paul’s message. They rushed ter Jason’s house in search of Paul and Silas but when they did not find tha pair, they dragged Jason and some other believers before tha city officials, shouting: “These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here.” Tha officials made Jason and tha others post bond and let them go (Acts 17:5-9).  

When some of these same jealous Jews from Thessalonica learned that Saul Paul whar preaching Skipper’s words in Berea, they went thar, agitating the crowds and stirring them up (Acts 17:13). Saul Paul’s mates thought it best ter send him away, at least as far as Athens.

Making up his mind ter devote himself exclusively ter preaching tha good spiel only ter tha Gentiles, he left tha synagogue of Athens and went next door ter tha house of Titus Justus. It whar at this point an usual visitor paid  Saul Paul ah visit.

One night Skipper’s Sun said ter Saul Paul in ah vision, “Do not be afraid. Keep on speaking. Do not be silent. Because I have many people in this city, no one is going to attack and harm you. I am with you.”

“I am with you . . . ” No doubt Saul Paul found comfort in knowing tha Sun whar by his side. No doubt he also thought back ter Skip’s Code of Conduct and all tha other times Skipper promised ter stand with those who obeyed his words.

“I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you (Genesis 26:24).

“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you (Genesis 28:15).”

“I am with you as I was with Moses (Joshua 3:7).”

“Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God (Isaiah 41:10).”

“Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you (Jeremiah 1:8).”

“I am with you,” the Lord said to his people (Haggai 1:13).

“I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:20).”

Ah good many times we think obeying Skip’s call ter teach and preach ‘ill mean he clears a wide path fer us, but if we consider tha life of tha Sun while he be on earth, tha prophets of old, and patriarchs of our faith, we ‘ill come ter understand that working as crew fer Skip be hard and dangerous work. Not many should take up such a cause without first considering tha price they ‘ill have ter pay. Tha Sun had warned Saul Paul that he would face gales and worse, so when he whar near ’bout at his wits end, tha Sun clapped him on tha back and give him ah kind word of encouragement. 

Ter day such words of encouragement ‘ill often come from other crew: fellers and lasses who know tha trails of sailing aboard Skip’s vessel. If ya see folks struggling ter lift thar head, make it yer task ter offer ah kind word of encouragement, ah place ter stay, ah helping hand. Be ah Priscilla and Aquila, ah Silas and Tim, ah Barnabas and John Mark. 

Taking comfort in knowing that tha Sun be right by his side, Saul Paul stayed in Corinth fer a year and a half, teaching all tha words of Skipper and his Sun. May we also find strength through Skip’s Holy Spirit of Truth ter persevere and continue living tha good spiel be fer others. 

“Jesus I Know, and Paul I Know About, but Who Are You?”

Some who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed

“Jesus I Know, and Paul I Know About, but Who Are You?”

“Jesus I Know, and Paul I Know About, but Who Are You?” Acts 19:15 (Acts 19:8-16)

While in Ephesus, Saul Paul spake boldly fer three months in tha synagogue. Thar he carefully explained how tha Sun be Skip’s boy and how all who repent of thar sins and believe in tha Sun ‘ill be saved. Only some obstinate fellers refused ter believe. Worse they publicly maligned tha Way, spouting all sorts of lies ’bout Saul Paul’s message and his teachings.

Fer this reason Saul Paul moved ter tha lecture hall of Tyrannus. Thar he spent two years preaching and teaching tha words of Skip. During such time as this Saul Paul worked many extraordinary miracles and cast out a whole passel of evil spirits: so much so that even tha handkerchiefs and aprons that brushed agin him whar taken ter tha sick and they whar healed.

In tha midst of all this some fellers who be tha sons of Sceva happened by. Seeing as how Saul Paul wielded such power by simply invoking tha name of tha Sun, tha Seven sought ter grab a wee bit of fame fer themselves and practice exorcism in tha Sun’s name. They would spout, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.”

Only one time while they tried this, an evil spirit answered ’em. “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” Right then tha poor feller who had tha evil spirit in him pounced on tha Seven. Tha evil spirit gave tha Seven such ah beating that they ran out of tha house naked and bleeding.

As a result, tha name of tha Sun became held in high honor, as it should be. Many folks openly confessed thar evil deeds. Ah goodly number who practiced sorcery and demonic divination brought thar scrolls tergether and burned ’em in public. More and more after this tha word of tha Sun spread.

Think on this ah wee little bit: tha power ter cast out evil spirits, heal folks, and perform miracles doth not reside in ah name but a person — and that chap be tha Sun. Simply saying his name like it be a magic chant ‘ill no more bring down his power than mumbling senseless words. No, if ya seek tha power of tha Sun ya ‘ill need his Holy Spirit of Truth. Even then, ya need ter make sure that tha prayer ya praying and task ya seeking ter do be in Skip’s will. While on earth tha Sun doth not heal ever feller, but only them who Skip authorized, fer tha Sun always and only did his father’s business.

Tha warning we kin take from this short tale be this: dealing in magic, chants, sorcery, and messing around with evil spirits kin lead ter a beating and worse: tha sort of death that ne’er ends.

Tha encouragement we kin take from this short tale be this: if Skip calls ya ter do his business and ya obey, his power through tha Holy Spirit of Truth ‘ill flow through ya inter others.

Start with prayer. Start with seeking Skip’s will. Avoid showy signs meant ter bring attention ter yesrself. In all things point back ter tha Sun fer he alone be worth honor and glory.

Finally, ne’er ferget this: evil spirits know tha Sun. Question be, doth ya know tha Sun? And if an evil spirit whar asked ’bout ya, would they know ya ter be a follower of tha Sun?