17 Aug 2021

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Lord will not let us be shipwrecked

Acts 19: 28-34

28 他们听了,怒气冲冲喊着说:“以弗所人的女神,伟大的亚底米啊!”29 全城骚动起来,他们捉住了保罗的旅伴马其顿人该犹和亚里达古,齐心冲进了剧场。30 保罗想要到人群当中去,门徒却不许。31 还有几位亚西亚的首长,是保罗的朋友,派人来劝他,不要冒险到剧场里去。32 那时大家叫这个喊那个,乱成一团,大多数的人都不知道聚集的原因。33 犹太人把亚历山大推到前面,群众中有人把这事的因由告诉他。亚历山大作了一个手势,要向民众申辩。34 大家一认出他是犹太人,就异口同声高呼:“以弗所人的女神,伟大的亚底米啊!” 喊了约有两个钟头。 

28 When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” 29 Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia, and all of them rushed into the theatre together. 30 Paul wanted to appear before the crowd, but the disciples would not let him.31 Even some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, sent him a message begging him not to venture into the theatre. 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 defence 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!”





Lessons Learn

Uproar spread through the whole city as though a thousand houses had suddenly been set on fire; and once such a storm begins, it is not easily quelled. Since Christ’s servants cannot avoid this evil, they must persevere. Nevertheless, the Lord upholds the ministers of his Word when they are tossed about, testifying that he holds the helm of his church and is also the governor and moderator of all storms and can stop them as soon as he thinks fit. So we must sail on through tempestuous seas and put up with the bad reputation, not allowing anything to draw us away from the right course of our duty. Our voyage will be beset by storms, but the Lord will not let us be shipwrecked.