Before reading this, I’d encourage you to read the true story from Acts 17-19.
It was a normal day in the port city. Except it wasn’t.
Shouts erupted from the theater. “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” I headed that way. It was packed, so I pushed my way to one of the last high seats. I couldn’t make out many details of the man on stage with Demetrius, a local silversmith who specialized in making shrines to our city’s goddess, Artemis. Word slowly trickled up. The other men were followers of Paul of Tarsus, one of those people of the Way. There had been a scuffle in the streets that led them to the big stage to settle the matter.
I’d heard of Paul’s teachings that were leading a stir throughout Asia, including my city. Others like him were learning more about the Way and growing in boldness because of him. It was starting to be a real threat to our lifestyle, challenging our commerce, morality and government.
What was this troublemaker up to today?
Before Paul’s followers could defend their side, the city clerk piped up to end the dispute. “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. You’re dismissed.”
I leaned forward and watched closely. They turned left from the theater and I followed suit as unexpected curiosity compelled me through the streets.
I’d lost sight of Paul’s men, but I charged forward and knocked on the door of a man I knew had been meeting with him.
There Paul was.
To my surprise, I was welcomed in. I crossed the threshold filled with an unshakeable feeling … everything was about to change.
And oh, how it did.