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Acts 19:24-25 A man named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought no little business to the artisans. These he gathered together, with the workers of the same trade, and said, “Men, you know that we get our wealth from this business.”
God is not to be found in any idol made by human hands, Paul proclaims. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free. This deeply challenges the status quo and power structures in place during Paul’s lifetime. These statements may seem obvious to many of us today, but this kind of profound, systematic disruption and truth telling is exactly why Jesus is killed. Is it any wonder why Paul is constantly on the run?
MOVING FORWARD: When was the last time God’s message disrupted your world? How did you respond?
Good Book Club Reading: Acts 19—20:16