Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 3, 2019

“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 19:21-41.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+19&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“About that time there occurred no small disturbance concerning the Way.  For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, was bringing no little business to the craftsmen;  these he gathered together with the workmen of similar trades, and said, “Men, you know that our prosperity depends upon this business.  You see and hear that not only in Ephesus, but in almost all of Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away a considerable number of people, saying that gods made with hands are no gods at all.  Not only is there danger that this trade of ours fall into disrepute, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis be regarded as worthless and that she whom all of Asia and the world worship will even be dethroned from her magnificence.”

When they heard this and were filled with rage, they began crying out, saying, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”  The city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed with one accord into the theater, dragging along Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia.  …  After quieting the crowd, the town clerk *said, “Men of Ephesus, what man is there after all who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of the image which fell down from heaven?  So, since these are undeniable facts, you ought to keep calm and to do nothing rash.  For you have brought these men here who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of our goddess.  So then, if Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaint against any man, the courts are in session and proconsuls are available;  let them bring charges against one another.  But if you want anything beyond this, it shall be settled in the lawful assembly.  For indeed we are in danger of being accused of a riot in connection with today’s events, since there is no real cause for it, and in this connection we will be unable to account for this disorderly gathering.”  After saying this he dismissed the assembly.”  Acts 19:23-29 and 35-41.

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God was not only sovereign in causing His word to grow mightily and prevail;  God was also sovereign in using a town clerk to quiet the crowd and protect Paul and the disciples.

“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.  Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God;  and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.  For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil.  Do you want to have no fear of authority?  Do what is good and you will have praise from the same;  for it is a minister of God to you for good.  But if you do what is evil, be afraid;  for it does not bear the sword for nothing;  for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.  Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.”  Romans 13:1-5.

“The LORD has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all.”  Psalm 103:19.


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