Luke’s vivid description of the riot at Ephesus is a close study in crowd psychology as well as a faith account of the persecution which Paul and his companions faced.
- Verses 21, 22. What were Paul’s plans for the future?
To where was his eye turned?
But what two things must first be done?
Cf. Rom. 15:19, 23, 24.
Is your Christian work planned or haphazard?
- What was the cause of the riot and persecution?
How did it spread and how was it quieted?
(a) the challenge of the Christian faith to a man’s business and wealth (verses 25, 27);
(b) the blindness of religious people (cf. verses 26, 27, 35, 36);
(c) the cost, fellowship and protection Paul found in missionary service (verses 28-31, 37-41).
To which of these truths do I personally most need to pay attention?