Sometimes When Confronted With Real Danger, It’s OK With the Lord to Take Evasive Maneuvers

Pastor Paul J Bern
7 min readMay 17

The Apostle Paul Evades the Angry Mob at Ephesus

How Spiritual Warfare Can Break Out at Any Moment

(Acts chapter 19, verses 32–41)

by Rev. Paul J. Bern

You are about to read a brief excerpt from my Christian nonfiction book, “The Social Gospel Teaching Series Vol. 2: the Acts of the Apostles” by Rev. Paul J. Bern © copyright 2022 by Rev. Paul J. Bern, all rights reserved; available from this link

Last week when we left off at verse 31 of Acts chapter 19, we found the apostle Paul being restrained by his Christian brothers from going out and trying to reason with a crowd of tens of thousands, having been persuaded to attempt no such thing lest he be crushed or otherwise killed by this angry mob that had formed. At this point, Paul had been in Ephesus for some time, having founded and built a church there that was growing each week. But there were no pro audio systems available to Paul, or anyone else for 19 more centuries. Paul had absolutely no chance of telling the crowd what he wanted to say, which simply was, “Jesus is Lord over all.” Yet he wanted to try anyway, and that’s where we will begin part four of Acts chapter 19.

Part One of This Week’s Verses for Study and Memorization

32) The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there. 33) The Jews in the crowd pushed Alexander to the front, and they shouted instructions to him. He motioned for silence in order to make a defense before the people. 34) But when they realized he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison for about two hours: ‘Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!’ 35) The city clerk quieted the crowd and said: ‘Fellow Ephesians, doesn’t all the world know that the city of Ephesus is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of her image, which fell from heaven? 36) Therefore, since these facts are undeniable, you ought to calm down and not do anything rash.’” (Acts 19, verses 32–36)

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OK, now let’s think back to how all this started. A silversmith named Demetrius made statues and other religious relics…

Pastor Paul J Bern

Rev. Paul J. Bern is a Web pastor and blogger on The Social Gospel Blog on Medium, Wordpress and others. Longtime Atlanta Ga. resident; stroke survivor, coach