Thursday, October 18, 2018
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Acts ~ Chapter 19
And it happened while Apollos was in Corinth that Paul (Saul), having passed through the interior districts, came down to Ephesus, where he met some disciples. He asked them, “When you became Believers, did you receive the Ruach Ha’Kodesh?” ‘No’, they answered, ‘we have not even heard that there is a Ruach Ha’Kodesh. “What baptism did you receive?” he asked them. ‘John’s baptism,’ they answered. Then Paul said, “Yes, John baptized with a baptism of repentance, but he told the people also to believe in Him, Who was to come after Him – that is, Yeshua, the Mashiach.”
When they heard this, they were baptized in the Name of Adonai Yeshua. And when Paul laid hands on them, the Ruach Ha’Kodesh came down on them and they spoke in other tongues and prophesied. There were in all about 12 of them.
He went into the synagogue and for 3 months he spoke freely, reasoning with them and trying to convince them in matters concerning the kingdom of Elohei. But since some had hardened themselves and would not believe, besides speaking abusively of the Way of Adonai before the people, he left them, keeping his disciples apart, and taught every day in the school of Tyrannus. This he continued for 2 years, so that all who lived in the province of Asia, both Jews and Greeks, heard the Word of Adonai Yeshua.
Elohei also worked remarkable miracles by the hands of Paul. Thus when handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his body were brought to the sick, the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.
Then some traveling Jewish exorcists (who practiced casting out evil spirits) tried to use the Name of Adonai Yeshua over those who were demon-possessed by saying, ‘I command you by Yeshua, Whom Paul preaches”. There was a Jewish high priest named Skeva who had 7 sons who were trying to do this. The evil spirit answering said, ‘I know Yeshua, and am acquainted with Paul, but who are you?’ Then the demon-possessed man jumped at them, got the better of them, and overpowered them, so that they fled from the house naked and wounded. This became known to all the residents of Ephesus, bot Jew and Greek. In consequence, fear fell upon all and the Name of Adonai Yeshua was held in high honor. Many Believers came forward to confess their evil deeds and give an accounting of them. And also many who practiced the magic arts collected their books and burned them in public. When they estimated their value they found that they came to about $85,000.
Thus the Word of Adonai Yeshua increased mightily and prevailed. After these events, Paul resolved in the Ruach to go to Jerusalem again by way of Macedonia and Greece, adding, “And after I have been there, I must also see Rome.” So he sent 2 of his helpers, Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, while he stayed on in the province of Asia a while longer.
At this time a great riot arose in regard to the new Way of life. A man by the name of Demetrious, a silver-smith, had a business of making silver shrines of Artemis (Diana), a business that brought a good profit to the work men. He called his workmen together, and also others in the same trade, and said, ‘Men, you know that it is from this business that we gain our wealth. But now you see and hear that this man Paul has turned away a great many people, not only here at Ephesus but in almost the whole of the province of Asia, by his preaching that the things that are made by the hands of men are not gods at all. There is a real danger, therefore, not only that our business will fall into disrepute, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis (Diana) will count for nothing. And so she whom all Asia and the whole world worship will have all her grandeur destroyed.’ The men became furious when they heard this, and shouted, ‘Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!’ The whole city was filled with the uproar. They seized Gaius and Aristarchus, 2 of Paul’s fellow travelers from Macedonia, and in a mob rush took them to the theatre. It was Paul’s intention to press the crowd, but his disciples would not hear of it. Some of the town officials, too, being on friendly footing with him, sent word to him requesting him not to venture into the theatre. Meanwhile, some were shouting one thing and some another, for the meeting was in confusion and most of them had no idea as to why they had come together.
The Jews then pushed Alexander to the front, and someone in the crowd asked him to speak. But as soon as he was recognized a Jew, they all cried out with one voice, ‘Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!’ But the city clerk (Alexander) managed to quiet the mob and made a speech: ‘Men of Ephesus, who is there who does not know that the city of Ephesus is the temple-keeper of the great goddess Artemis, and of her image that fell down from the sky? Since these facts cannot be contradicted, you must be calm and do nothing rash. You have now brought here these men. They are not guilty of robbing temples or defaming your goddess. Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen can take legal action if they have any charge to bring against them, for we do have courts and judges; let them go to law. And if you want some other matter cleared up, it should be settled in the regular assembly. We are really in danger of being accused of rioting today and we cannot give any justifiable reason whatsoever for having put on this demonstration.’ With these words he dismissed the crowd.
We had surprise visit from relatives yesterday afternoon, and while showing them around outside I noticed that the creep ron next door (the neighbor alongside us that has been snarkily bitching to the park manager here all summer long about the possibility of ‘future trespass’ from my tomato plants and patio apple trees) had the nerve to lay HIS tomato cages AGAINST MY planter boxes when he pulled all his crappy garden mess: that was TWO WEEKS AGO! And he never even bothered to pick up his cages. The hypocritical jerk is so secure in the knowledge that the manager will do nothing, that he didn’t see the need to cover his trespassing tracks. So, I took a picture of the belligerent infraction (so the manager could not deny and flippantly dismiss the bold violation) and Hubs walked it straight to the manager’s office this morning when the door opened and filed a complaint …
ron's tomato cages propped against MY Planter boxes. Pretty nervy hutzpah!
The manager did try to dismiss our complaint, but Hubs pointed to the picture which made her excuses invalid and backed her into a corner (in a nice way; my gentle giant does not like aggressive confrontation, and when he has to confront people, he is as kind and gentle as possible; but also very firm because by the time a confrontation is needed he has reached his limit with nonsense), insisting it be dealt with today. Good boy ;-) The atmosphere in the office may have been a bit on the chilly side when he left it, BUT the manager needs to understand that we are not going to be jerked around by her or the jerk next door anymore, and it is up to HER to change the atmosphere around here – she wanted the job, now she needs to DO her job and make ron toe the line he is insisting everyone else adhere to. Miserable cretens.
That attended to, we drove to Lexington Park and enjoyed a quarter mile walk there. The walk was invigorating; and the chilling breeze which carried the brisk nip off the river wasn’t too hard to bear when surrounded by all the brilliant Fall colors tucked here and there among the evergreens:
1.4 mile Loop we have been walking this week.
At the junction shown in the pic above, we sat for a couple minutes just enjoying the peace and quiet – and watching the squirrels – before resuming our leisurely walk, and I nearly stepped on this oval mushroom nestled among the fallen leaves …
Toadstool at Lexington Park - looks like a turtle shell. LOL