And about that time there arose a great commotion about the Way. For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Diana, brought no small profit to the craftsmen. He called them together with the workers of similar occupation,
and said: "Men, you know that we have our prosperity by this trade. Moreover you see and hear that not only at Ephesus, but throughout almost all Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away many people, saying that they are not gods which are made with hands.
So not only is this trade of ours in danger of falling into disrepute, but also the temple of the great goddess Diana may be despised and her magnificence destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worship."
Now when they heard this, they were full of wrath and cried out, saying, "Great is Diana of the Ephesians!"
Fridays with the Apostle Paul
Evil has a face and a voice. It is not merely a cosmic reality that drifts through hearts like a seeping fog. There's intent, planning, strategy---because the presence of Evil is exactly that---a presence. Most of us know Evil in the form of God's enemy---Satan.
Here, we see Satan formulating a plot through the mouth of a man named Demetrius. This silversmith thinks he's protecting his business and dealing with disruptors to their common good. In truth, we know Satan is manufacturing a scheme to stop something
Scripture seems to indicate that Satan possesses little creativity---he only has a few basic plans---but he does demonstrate significant determination and perseverance. No matter how many times his efforts are foiled by people's repentance and obedience,
he continues to scheme. Here, it's what we could call the Cost strategy, where Satan reveals to selfish hearts that the Gospel is destroying their business interests. It's fairly similar to the Cost strategy he helped manufacture for the religious leaders
who ultimately sought Jesus' death.
The point? We have a very real enemy. Actually, he's God's enemy and his primary form of warfare is to destroy that which God loves and longs to possess---you and me.
---Dr. Mike Clarensau serves as Dean-Elect for Southwestern AG University's College of Bible and Church Ministries.
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