Chapter 19 (Continued)

30~~And when Paul
'desired from the mentality of his soul' {boulomai}
to enter in unto the people,
the disciples/students kept on not allowing it.

{Note: Boulomai is the strongest Greek word for volition. It is a desire based on careful consideration and thought. Pilate is supposed to be ruling, but now he is catering to the mob. Thelo is the word for a desire from the emotions.}

31~~And certain rulers of the Asia
  {Asiarches -10 of the greatest leaders in the Roman province of
who were his personal friends,
sent unto him,
exhorting or ordering him
that he would NOT expose himself into the theatre.

{Note: In the Greek this is stated such that if Paul goes, they are saying they can do nothing for him, he would be killed.}

{Note: During the May festival for Diana, the Asians elected 10 wealthy men to represent them in the month long event. They funded dramas, sports games, and public speaking contests (debates). And, during this month, these 10 men were in charge of these events - including about 5000 'Neokoros' (worshipers) who were girls dedicated to the temple and had sex with all the visitors to the temple (fornication) - 'and a good time was had by all'! A well liked false religion of the day!}

32~~Some therefore kept on shouting one thing, and some kept on shouting another . . . for the assembly received confusion {typical mob - minus lucid thought} . . . and the majority of them did not know why they were there!

{Note: The majority of a mob are pawns! Don't even know why they are there!}

33~~And they shoved forward Alexander {a Jewish lawyer} out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander raised his hands for silence, and would have made his defense unto the people.

{Note: Alexander tried to talk, but the mob would not quiet down.}

34~~ But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours kept on shouting, "Great is Diana {Artemis} of the Ephesians."

35~~And when the mayor {A grammateus - the highest man in this town at this time} had silenced the people, he said, "You Noble Men of Ephesus {puffs them up}, what man is there who knows not how that the city of the Ephesians is the 'official place' for the worship of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?"

36~~"Seeing then that these things cannot be contradicted, you ought to be orderly, and to do nothing rashly."

{Note: This is an official Roman decree and no one can deny this or you may risk what you have.}

37~~"For you have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess."

{Note: Paul preached Christ! He did NOT knock Diana. Just state the facts and don't malign. People leaving the worship of Diana was a result of people accepting Christ! Paul did not HAVE to tell them this!}

38~~"Wherefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen which are with him, have a matter against any man, the law is open, and there are Proconsuls. Let them try the case one to the other before them."

39~~"But if you have other charges, it shall be determined in a lawful assembly."

40~~"For we are in danger to be called in question {possible violators of Roman Law} for this day's uproar, there being no excuse whereby we may give an account of this conspiracy."

{Note: The great strength of law and order of the Roman Empire was the perfect time for Christ to come and Christianity to spread.}

41~~And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.

{Note: Example of rationalism triumphing over the mob.}


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