June 7th, 2018
A Town Clerk Sought to Diffuse a Mob gathering About a Toppled Statue
Acts 19:35-37 (KJB) And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter? 36 Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly. 37 For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.
Perhaps this ancient town clerk was literally shaking and quaking in his shoes as an angry mob gathered about him, He was urging them to be quiet and not choose to do something rash they would later come to regret. Something that he and they would have to give an answer to Roman Government officials, certainly not a pleasant undertaking.
Swelling crowds with a mob mentality and with a propensity for violence and destruction are nothing new today. This fast amassing crowd was in an uproar about the toppling of the statue of Diana. Diana was a false god and an idol to these people. Her statue had been worshipped and held in a strong estimation by many nursing lost hearts.
Some of these people over a short period of time changed their spiritual fervor from following Jesus’s teachings to seeking idols such as this statue of Diana. People who once thronged Jesus to be healed stood in fierce spiritual disagreement with Him towards the end of His earthly ministry.
Literally one week they praised Him with palm leaves and by the following week they were calling for His death on the cross.
Crowds in this world can be fickle. One time they agree with you and the next time they are set to stand in firm disagreement. The standard of God and the certainty of the Truth cannot be opposed victoriously. God’s Truth will always stand alone and forever tall in the “Spiritual Winners Circle” of life, now and forever.