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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Daily Devotion for June 10, 2019



Theodosius Arrives in Ephesus, ancient pot-metal stained glass in Notre Dame Cathedral, Rouen, France. Theodosius was the last emperor of the undivided Roman Empire and imposed Nicene Christianity (Christ the equal of the Father) as the state religion in 380 A.D.

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Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.

Today’s music is a brilliant musical prayer, from Audrey Assad.



Turn Thy Face Unto Us

Look upon us, O Lord, and let all the darkness of our souls vanish before the beams of thy brightness.

Fill us with holy love, and open to us the treasures of thy wisdom. All our desire is known unto thee, therefore perfect what thou hast begun, and what thy Spirit has awakened us to ask in prayer.

We seek thy face, turn thy face unto us and show us thy glory. Then shall our longing be satisfied, and our peace shall be perfect.

Amen.

For Contentment

Heavenly Father, I have spent my life constantly wanting more. Let me be content. If I am having trouble paying my bills, let me look to those who live in cardboard shacks without clean water; if my vision is poor, let me help the blind; if my mobility is impaired, let me visit a prison filled with those who can walk and run; if I envy the young, let me pray for those who were killed by their mothers in the womb.

St. Jerome in his study, 1450

I too often look to those who have something I do not, or more of something I want; let me give thanks for the great bounty you have showered upon me, oh Lord, remembering in my envy and pain that all I have is a gift from you. In the name of Christ I pray,

Amen.

Meditation

“Temptations, of course, cannot be avoided, but because we cannot prevent the birds from flying over our heads, there is no need that we should let them nest in our hair.” (Martin Luther)


Dedication

Walk with me, dear Lord, so that I may not be alone as I face this day, but always in your presence. Your joy is a lighthouse in a world often dark with sin, and I pray that I may reflect the light of your truth, to inspire others as I have been inspired. In the name of Christ, bless me this day, and all whom I may meet.

Amen.


Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.



endless knot

Proverbs 11:12 (KJV)

He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour:
but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.


Blue Latin Cross

Acts 19:23-27 (ESV)

Paul’s Third Journey
The Riot in Ephesus [1]
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bout that time there arose no little disturbance concerning the Way. For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought no little business to the craftsmen.

These he gathered together, with the workmen in similar trades, and said, “Men, you know that from this business we have our wealth. And you see and hear that not only in Ephesus but in almost all of Asia this Paul has persuaded and turned away a great many people, saying that gods made with hands are not gods. And there is danger not only that this trade of ours may come into disrepute but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis may be counted as nothing, and that she may even be deposed from her magnificence, she whom all Asia and the world worship.”


Notes on the Scripture

It is tempting to see Demetrius as greedy and a bit silly—nothing more than protecting his job of building silver items to honor a lesser Greek deity; but studying 1st Century Ephesus sheds a different light.

The Temple of Artemis, in Ephesus, was one of the seven wonders of the world. The Temple was four times the size of the Parthenon, a magnificent and awe-inspiring sight. Moreover, it was ancient. The temple of Paul’s time was probably the third Temple of Artemis on the site; like St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, it was destroyed several times and then rebuilt, larger and more magnificent each time. Nobody knows when the first temple was built, but it was probably sometime around 1000 B.C.

In addition, it was the center of life in the city and one of the centers of Greek culture. Numerous festivals were held there, with games, theater, markets, etc. It was a primary place for young Greeks to find spouses.

It is a shame that the temple was destroyed around 400 A.D. It would have ranked with the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China as one of the top tourist destinations in the world.

In a word, the Temple of Artemis was the greatest architectural achievement of Greek civilization. Its size, splendor, antiquity, and cultural importance was unequaled. Understanding this, we can understand the magnitude of the Ephesians’ reaction when they believed it to be under threat from Paul’s teaching.



Temple of Artemis at EphesusText: Temple of Artemis at Ephesus


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“Shake Off the Dust”

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Matthew 10:14 (ESV): And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town.


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