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Episode: “Second and Third Missionary Journeys”
Paul’s next missionary trips and his apparently ill-fated trek to Jerusalem.
Series: “In The Footsteps of The Rabbi From Tarsus”
In this twelve-part TV series, Dr. Jeffrey Seif sheds light on the Apostle Paul, his movements, and his message. After examining Paul’s travels throughout the Roman Empire, Jeff analyzes Paul’s divinely inspired letters to early Church congregations, preserved in the New Testament.

Caption transcript for In The Footsteps of The Rabbi From Tarsus: “Second and Third Missionary Journeys” (4/12)

  • 00:03 WITH DR. JEFFERY SEIF AND SANDRA LEVITT
  • 01:00 A HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 01:03 JEFFERY SEIF HERE
  • 01:04 WITH MY FRIEND SANDRA LEVITT.
  • 01:05 SHALOM
  • 01:06 AND WELCOME BACK.
  • 01:07 WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PAUL.
  • 01:08 WHERE GONNA TALK ABOUT
  • 01:10 THE 2ND AND 3RD MISSIONARY TRIPS THIS TIME.
  • 01:12 FOUR YEARS HE'S TRAVELING.
  • 01:13 YOU AND I ARE TRAVELING
  • 01:15 AND SPEAKING AND FILMING
  • 01:16 AND WE GET INTO IT
  • 01:17 AND WE LIMIT THE WHOLE TIME ABOUT
  • 01:20 THE TRAINS WE HAVE TO GET ON,
  • 01:21 THE PLANES WE HAVE TO GET ON.
  • 01:22 THIS MAN IS TRAVELING 3000 MILES AT A POP.
  • 01:25 NOT TO MENTION THE ARDUOUS JOURNEY.
  • 01:28 THERE WERE THE TROUBLES ASSOCIATED WITH
  • 01:30 THE DOORS SLAMED ON THE FACE,
  • 01:31 GETTING JACKED UP BY THE POLICE, THROWN IN JAIL.
  • 01:33 IT'S A MESS.
  • 01:34 IT IS A MESS,
  • 01:36 BUT HE PERSEVERES, HE CARRIES ON.
  • 01:37 WHAT IS THE SECRET?
  • 01:39 WHERE DOES ONE GET THIS INDOMITABLE SPIRIT?
  • 01:41 WE NEED THAT.
  • 01:42 IT IS GOD.
  • 01:43 GOD JUST... THE HOLY SPIRIT KEEPS US GOING
  • 01:45 AND THAT'S THE ONLY THING THAT KEEPS US GOING.
  • 01:48 YOUR TEACHING IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AEGEAN SEA IS WONDERFUL,
  • 01:52 WE SEE PAUL ON THE WATER, IN THE BOATS.
  • 01:53 IT IS REALLY GOOD.
  • 01:55 HERE'S JEFF ON LOCATION.
  • 01:59 PAUL, ON MANY OCCASIONS
  • 02:01 SPOKE ABOUT HIS JOURNEYS
  • 02:02 AND IN PARTICULARLY
  • 02:03 HE NOTED THAT HE WAS MAROONED ON AN ISLAND,
  • 02:05 SHIPWRECKED.
  • 02:06 AND THE LIKE.
  • 02:08 AND HERE WE ARE ON THE AEGEAN SEA RIGHT NOW, MAKING OUR WAY FROM EPHESUS,
  • 02:13 WHERE PAUL FREQUENTED AND THEN HEADING OVER TO THE GREEK MAINLAND.
  • 02:15 RIGHT NOW I'M HEADING TO ACHAIA WHEREAS PAUL LEFT THESE PARTS
  • 02:19 AND WENT UP TO MACEDONIAN, NORTHERN GREECE AND THEN MADE HIS WAY SOUTH
  • 02:24 ON WHAT WAS HIS 2ND MISSIONARY JOURNEY.
  • 02:28 IT'S INTERESTING
  • 02:30 YOU MIGHT RECALL PAUL LEFT ANTIOCH ON THE FIRST JOURNEY
  • 02:33 AND WENT BY WAY OF CYPRUS
  • 02:35 RIGHT INTO THE HEARTLAND OF WHAT WOULD BE MODERN TURKEY,
  • 02:38 ANCIENT ASIA MINOR,
  • 02:39 DURING WHICH TIME HE ESTABLISHED A NUMBER OF CONGREGATIONS.
  • 02:43 WELL, HERE NOW FRESH OUT OF HIS JERUSALEM COUNCIL MEETING WITH BARNABAS,
  • 02:47 HE'S MINDED TO THEN MAKE HIS WAY BACK TO VISIT THE CONGREGATIONS IN TURKEY,
  • 02:52 TODAY ASIA MINOR OF YESTERDAY.
  • 02:54 HE TRAVELS OVER LAND, HE GOES TO PHRYGIA,
  • 02:57 THE REGION WHERE HE HAD MINISTERED BEFORE
  • 02:59 AND EVERYTHING GOES WRONG WITH HIM THIS TIME.
  • 03:02 IT SEEMS THAT IN THE FIRST JOURNEY, YOU KNOW THE LORD WAS OPENING UP ALL SORTS OF DOORS,
  • 03:06 BUT IN THIS PARTICULAR TRIP THE WHOLE THING WENT BAD.
  • 03:09 HE WAS A FRUSTRATED MAN.
  • 03:10 LUKE TELLS US IN THE 16TH CHAPTER OF ACTS,
  • 03:13 THAT HE'S FRUSTRATED,
  • 03:14 THAT ALL DOORS ARE PREVENTED FROM OPENING.
  • 03:17 AND THEN HE HAS A VISION.
  • 03:18 WHAT THEOLOGIANS CALLED THE MACEDONIAN CALL,
  • 03:23 HE'S VISITED BY A MESSENGER
  • 03:24 FROM MACEDONIA WHO SAYS,
  • 03:29 PAUL MAKES HIS WAY WEST FURTHER WHERE HE HOPS ON A BOAT
  • 03:33 AND HE CROSSES THESE WATERS THAT WE ARE IN RIGHT NOW.
  • 03:35 HE'S GOING TO MAKE A STRETCH BY SEA.
  • 03:39 PAUL WAS SUCH AN INTREPID BOLD SORT.
  • 03:41 RIGHT NOW I CAN FEEL THE SPRAY WASHING UP AGAINST ME OCCASIONALLY AS I'M HOLDING ON.
  • 03:46 AND THESE ARE REASONABLY CALM WATERS.
  • 03:48 PAUL TRAVERSED THESE SEAS IN DIFFERENT CONDITIONS.
  • 03:51 WHAT A BOLD SORT AS I HAD SAID?
  • 03:53 THIS IS A MAN THAT DOGGED DETERMINATION TO TELL A STORY.
  • 03:56 WELL, HE HITS GREEK MAINLAND.
  • 03:59 HE'S GONNA BE AT THESSALONICA, APOLLONIA
  • 04:01 HE'S GONNA MAKE HIS WAY SOUTH
  • 04:05 HUGGING THE EASTERN SEABOARD.
  • 04:07 WHAT'S INTERESTING FOR MY MONEY, AS MUCH AS HE HAD A DIFFICULT TIME IN ASIA MINOR,
  • 04:13 WHEN HE GETS TO GREECE, IT'S LIKE THE WHOLE WORLD OPENS UP FOR HIM.
  • 04:17 HE'S IN PHILIPI,
  • 04:18 HE'S GONNA MEET A WOMAN NAMED LYDIA THERE.
  • 04:21 WHO'S GOING TO, WITH HER HOUSEHOLD,
  • 04:24 BECOME CONVERTED AND HE'LL START A CHURCH THERE
  • 04:26 AND A VARIETY OF OTHER CITIES ALL ALONG THE EASTERN COAST.
  • 04:29 IT SEEMS THAT THE LORD IS GONNA GIVE HIM REMARKABLE FAVOR.
  • 04:32 PAUL, AS I'VE SAID, IS MAKING HIS WAY SOUTH ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD.
  • 04:36 HE'S GONNA COME TO ATHENS IN HIS 2ND JOURNEY,
  • 04:39 WHERE HE'S GONNA GET A RATHER CRUEL RECEPTION.
  • 04:51 BY SEA, BY LAND, MADE NO DIFFERENCE.
  • 04:55 THE MAN WOULD CLIMB A MOUNTAIN,
  • 04:57 HE'D TRAVERSE A DESERT.
  • 04:59 WHY?
  • 05:00 BECAUSE, PAUL WAS A MAN ON A MISSION.
  • 05:04 THAT THEY MIGHT KNOW HIM AND THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION.
  • 05:08 MATTERED NOT HOW PRECARIOUS IT WAS.
  • 05:11 THE HEBREW FOR PROPHET, "NAVI" MEANS TO BUBBLE FORTH.
  • 05:15 THERE WAS SOMETHING WITHIN THIS MAN THAT NEEDED TO COME FORTH.
  • 05:18 AND SO HE NOT ONLY SPOKE THE MESSAGE, BUT HE SPOKE IT ALL OVER THE WORLD.
  • 05:24 PARDON ME IF I'M STUMBLING ALONG HERE,
  • 05:27 BUT THIS IS RATHER PRECARIOUS UP HERE AT MARS HILL IN ATHENS.
  • 05:32 I'M SURE IN PAULS MIND, HOWEVER, WASN'T ON HOW PRECARIOUS IT WAS IN ATHENS.
  • 05:37 I'M SURE HE WAS THRILLED TO BE HERE.
  • 05:39 PAUL WAS AN INTERESTING CHARACTER.
  • 05:41 HE WAS AT HOME IN GREEK CULTURE AND HE WAS AT HOME IN JEWISH CULTURE.
  • 05:48 AND HERE HE FOUND HIMSELF SOME 2000 YEARS AGO IN ATHENS.
  • 05:52 ATHENS GREECE, THE SITE OF MANY A PLACE OF RENOUN FOR THE GREEKS.
  • 06:01 THE PARTHENON OVER YONDER HILL.
  • 06:04 TEMPLES SCATTERED ABOUT DEDICATED TO VARIOUS GREEK DEITIES.
  • 06:09 OF COURSE, PAUL DIDN'T BUY INTO ALL OF THAT, BUT HE WAS COMFORTABLE IN GREEK CULTURE.
  • 06:15 AS COMFORTABLE AS HE WAS, HOWEVER, LUKE REPORTS THAT HE WAS DISCOMFORTED.
  • 06:21 HE CAME TO ATHENS BY WAY OF THESSALONICA AND HE HAD TO LEAVE THESSALONICA SWIFTLY.
  • 06:29 HE LEFT AND WHILE IN ATHENS HE'S WAITING FOR THE TROOP TO CATCH UP TO HIM.
  • 06:33 HE'S BUYING SOME TIME,
  • 06:35 BUT LUKE TELLS US,
  • 06:48 AND LUKE TELLS US IN THE 17TH CHAPTER OF ACTS,
  • 06:59 AS I'VE NOTED IN THIS SERIES,
  • 07:02 THE SYNAGOGUES WOULD SWELL UP WITH WOMEN AND MEN OF NON JEWISH EXTRACT,
  • 07:07 WHO WERE ATTRACTED TO THINGS JEWISH.
  • 07:09 AND SO PAUL, THE APOSTLE TO THE GENTILES, SPOKE TO GENTILES WHO THEMSELVES WERE HALF-BAKED JEWS.
  • 07:18 AND HE EXPLAINED TO THEM HOW THE MESSIAH HAD COME,
  • 07:21 THE HOPE OF ISRAEL, AND PERSUADED THEM ACCORDINGLY.
  • 07:23 WELL, HE DOES MUCH THE SAME WE'RE TOLD BY LUKE, IN ACTS CHAPTER 17.
  • 07:27 BUT IN ADDITION TO THAT WHAT'S INTERESTING HERE IN ATHENS IS
  • 07:32 PAUL TAKES THE CASE OUT OF THE SHUL, OUT OF THE SYNAGOGUE AND HE GOES INTO THE MARKET PLACE.
  • 07:39 AND THAT BRINGS US TO NOW, HERE AT THE FAMOUS SITE OF PAUL'S MARS HILL SERMON.
  • 07:48 LUKE TELLS US THAT HE TRAVELED ABOUT TO LOOKING TO BUILD A BRIDGE TO HIS HEARERS,
  • 07:53 ROUND ABOUT.
  • 07:54 HE SAID,
  • 08:10 AND THEN PAUL PREACHED JESUS.
  • 08:14 THE APOSTLE TO THE GENTILES, SPOKE TO GENTILES, SPOKE TO JEWS, SPOKE TO ALL OF "YOUS"
  • 08:21 IN THE INTEREST THAT FOLK MIGHT COME TO KNOW HIM.
  • 08:24 AND SO ON THIS 2ND MISSIONARY JOURNEY, WE ENCOUNTER PAUL BLAZING NEW TRAILS,
  • 08:31 AS HE'S PRESSING OUTWARD AND ONWARD THAT THE WORLD MIGHT KNOW JESUS.
  • 08:48 PAUL WROTE LETTERS
  • 08:50 AND THE LETTERS THAT PAUL WROTE ARE PRESERVED IN THIS BOOK THE BIBLE.
  • 08:56 SOME PEOPLE READ THIS BOOK AND THEY'D WRITE LETTERS TOO.
  • 09:01 SOME OF THEM WRITE LETTERS TO:
  • 09:12 THEY CHECK IN AND SAY HI.
  • 09:15 THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE DO.
  • 09:17 AND YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • 09:19 WE'RE LOOKING FOR THOUSANDS OF MORE TOO.
  • 09:22 WHY?
  • 09:23 BECAUSE, WE WANNA KNOW WHO OUR FRIENDS ARE
  • 09:26 OUT THERE IN THE WORLD.
  • 09:28 WE GET LETTERS, I READ LETTERS.
  • 09:31 IT'S SO GREAT TO HEAR WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY.
  • 09:34 IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT US BY MAIL, PLEASE DO SO.
  • 09:38 IF YOU WOULD AS WELL YOU CAN CALL:
  • 09:44 IF YOU'RE WONDERING ABOUT THIS JEWISH OUTREACH,
  • 09:46 WE'RE WONDERING WHO'S WONDERING, SO AGAIN 1-800-WONDERS.
  • 09:52 AND IF YOU'D LIKE TO TRAVEL WITH US TO JEWISH LANDS,
  • 09:55 ISRAEL AND TO LANDS WERE PAUL TRAVELED IN GREECE.
  • 10:02 WE SEE MARS HILL WHEN WE GO TO GREECE AND WE TAKE THE TOURISTS TO MARS HILL.
  • 10:08 WE SEE THE PARTHENON, WE SEE THE ACROPOLIS, WE SEE THE AGORA, WE SEE THE SAME THINGS PAUL DID.
  • 10:13 WE ARE IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF PAUL.
  • 10:15 YES, NEVER MIND WHAT WE SEE FOR A MOMENT.
  • 10:18 DID YOU EVER HERE ANYBODY SAY, "HEY, YOU WERE A RIOT?"
  • 10:21 (LAUGHING) OH NO.
  • 10:23 THE REASON WHY I MENTIONED THAT IS
  • 10:26 WE'RE GONNA SEE AND HEAR PAUL REALLY WAS A RIOT.
  • 10:30 HE CAUSED A RIOT.
  • 10:31 THAT'S WHAT I MEANT.
  • 10:32 WHAT IS IT ABOUT HIM THAT STIRRED IT UP?
  • 10:35 INQUIRING MINDS WANNA KNOW.
  • 10:39 AND SO OFF WE GO NOW TO EPHESUS.
  • 10:43 A THEATRE WHERE THOUSANDS MET TO DEBATE THE ISSUE OF THE DAY.
  • 10:48 AND THAT IS, HOW TO GET THIS RABBI OUT OF OUR HAIR?
  • 10:51 WE'RE GOING THERE, AS WE FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE RABBI FROM TARSUS.
  • 10:58 THE BOOK IS CALLED,
  • 11:00 "ACTS OF THE APOSTLES."
  • 11:02 QUITE FRANKLY AT ONE LEVEL,
  • 11:03 I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHY.
  • 11:06 I WISH THERE WAS A BOOK THAT DEALT WITH THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES.
  • 11:10 LUKES VOLUME BEGINS BY TALKING ABOUT THE APOSTLE PETER.
  • 11:14 BUT THEN THE FOCUS NARROWS SPECIFICALLY
  • 11:18 TO GIVING A LOOK AT THE MOVEMENTS OF THE APOSTLE PAUL.
  • 11:23 LUKE BEGINS BY UNDERSCORING HOW HE WAS RADICALLY CONVERTED.
  • 11:27 HE HAD A NEW DISPOSITION WITH HIS RECEIVING OF THE RUACH HAKODESH,
  • 11:30 THE HOLY SPIRIT, IN THE WAKE OF HIS ENCOUNTER WITH YESHUA.
  • 11:34 THEN THERE'S A SEASON OF DEVELOPMENT FOR THE MAN AND THEN HE EMBARKS ON A JOURNEY.
  • 11:38 COMMISSIONED FROM ANTIOCH HE IS TO THEN GO FORTH INTO THE WORLD AT LARGE
  • 11:43 AND ADVOCATE FOR THE MESSIAH, WHO HE FIRST WAS GIVEN TO DESTROY.
  • 11:47 WELL, TRUST YOU KNOW THE STORY.
  • 11:49 OUR STORY TODAY LOOKS AT ONE OF PAUL'S JOURNEYS THE WAY LUKE DID.
  • 11:54 AND THAT JOURNEY IS HIS 3RD.
  • 11:56 STARTS OFF OVERLAYING BEGINNING IN ANTIOCH AND THEN MAKES HIS WAY INTO PHRYGIA,
  • 12:02 A REGION IN ASIA MINOR, MODERN TURKEY.
  • 12:05 AND THEN HE MAKES HIS WAY TO THE COAST WHERE WE ARE TODAY
  • 12:08 IN WHAT WAS THEN THE GREAT CITY OF EPHESUS.
  • 12:13 HOW MAGNIFICENT WAS THAT CITY?
  • 12:16 OH, IT'S GRANDEUR IS EVIDENCED HERE IN THE THEATRE OF EPHESUS, WHICH SEATED 24,000 INDIVIDUALS.
  • 12:27 LUKE TELLS US THAT THEY CONVENED HERE ONCE UPON A TIME
  • 12:32 TO CONSIDER THE GROWING MOVEMENT OF JEWISH
  • 12:36 AND NON JEWISH FOLLOWERS OF THE MESSIAH, JESUS.
  • 12:39 THEY DIDN'T JUST MEET HERE TO ATTEND TO THAT BUSINESS,
  • 12:42 HOWEVER, THIS IS IN EFFECT A KILLING FIELD.
  • 12:45 GLADIATORS HACKED IT OUT HERE.
  • 12:48 FIGHTING BATTLE ROYALS TO GET OUT ALIVE AT THE END OF THE DAY.
  • 12:52 WHY?
  • 12:53 TO ENTERTAIN FRENZIED MASSES THAT HAD BLOOD ON THEIR MIND.
  • 12:57 WELL, PAUL'S COMPANY WAS IN HERE, THEY HAD BLOOD ON THEIR MIND TOO.
  • 13:02 BUT IT WAS THE BLOOD OF JESUS,THAT WAS SHED FOR HUMANKIND.
  • 13:05 THIS WAS A NEW RELIGIOUS VISION FOR THE EPHESIANS.
  • 13:09 HERE IN THIS CITY VARIOUS DEITIES ARE REPRESENTED.
  • 13:13 ISIS IS REPRESENTED WITH THE TEMPLE DOWN THE STREET.
  • 13:16 THERE'S DIFFERENT KINDS OF DEITIES,
  • 13:18 ALL OF WHICH ARE ECLIPSED BY THE CULT OF ARTEMIS, KNOWN AS DIANA.
  • 13:24 NOW, WHAT HAPPENS IS,
  • 13:26 THERE WERE INDIVIDUALS THAT PLIED A TRADE BY MANUFACTURING ACCOUTREMENTS
  • 13:30 THAT WERE USED IN HER ADORATION.
  • 13:31 AND LUKE TELLS US AS THE GOSPEL PENETRATES INTO THIS CULTURE,
  • 13:36 INDIVIDUALS ARE GIVEN TO ABANDONING THE CULT WITH THE NET RESULT,
  • 13:40 THAT THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT CARVED OUT A LIVELIHOOD BY SELLING PARAPHERNALIA
  • 13:45 DEDICATED TO ARTEMIS, THEY START LOOSING MONEY, THEIR ECONOMIC INTERESTS.
  • 13:50 AND ONE OF THOSE PRINCIPLE RELIGIOUS MERCHANTS IS PARTICULARLY CHAGRINED.
  • 13:55 AND WHAT DOES HE DO?
  • 13:56 WELL, HE CAUSES AN UPROAR, CAUSES A FUSS.
  • 13:58 AND THE WHOLE CITY IS UP IN ARMS, ACCORDING TO LUKE,
  • 14:02 AND THE NET RESULT IS
  • 14:03 THAT THERE IS IN FACT A RIOT.
  • 14:06 WHAT I WANNA DO IS TAKE YOU TO THE 19TH CHAPTER OF ACTS,
  • 14:08 WHERE PAUL'S 3RD MISSIONARY JOURNEY IS RECOUNTED.
  • 14:14 AND WHAT'S PARTICULARLY INTERESTING ABOUT THIS JOURNEY,
  • 14:17 LET ME JUST LOOK AT IT BROADLY AND THEN NARROW THE FIELD.
  • 14:19 WHILE PAUL'S JOURNEY IS TOLD, REALLY THE FOCUS OF IT, IS WHAT WAS TRANSACTED HERE AT EPHESUS.
  • 14:26 THERE'S BRIEF SCANTED ATTENTION GIVEN TO THE OVERLAYING JOURNEY TO EPHESUS.
  • 14:30 THERE'S A LARGE SWATCH OF TEXT THAT DISCUSSED WHAT HAPPENS IN EPHESUS.
  • 14:35 AND THEN VERY QUICKLY AND IN AN ABBREVIATED MANNER,
  • 14:38 LUKE TELLS US ABOUT PAUL'S TRAVELS IN MACEDONIA ACHAIA,
  • 14:43 HOW HE MAKES HIS WAY TO THE GREEK MAINLAND AND THEN BACK HERE.
  • 14:46 EMPHASIS IS ON "HERE" HENCE EVEN THE 3RD MISSIONARY JOURNEY,
  • 14:50 WHILE LUKE WAS TALKING ABOUT THAT HE'S REALLY FOCUSING ON WHAT HAPPENS WITH PAUL.
  • 14:56 SO IF YOU WOULD, LET'S GO THERE.
  • 14:58 THE JOURNEY PICKS UP IN CHAPTER 18, VERSE 23 WHERE LUKE NOTES THAT THEY DEPARTED.
  • 15:03 AND THEN IN VERSE 19, PAUL COMES TO EPHESUS, WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW.
  • 15:08 AND WHAT HAPPENS IS WE'RE TOLD IN VERSE 8,
  • 15:18 AGAIN, PAUL WAS A MEMBER OF THE PERUSHIM, A RELIGIOUS LEADER.
  • 15:21 THEY RESPECTED HIM AS SUCH.
  • 15:23 HE'S ADVOCATING SOME NEW RELIGIOUS IDEAS, BUT STILL HE'S RETAINED WITHIN THE SYSTEM.
  • 15:27 THE NET RESULT IS THAT INDIVIDUALS ARE GONNA BECOME PERSUADED.
  • 15:30 IN FACT, WE'RE TOLD AS MUCH,
  • 15:37 RAV SHAUL, THIS APOSTLE PAUL BELIEVED THAT THE MESHIA HAD COME,
  • 15:41 THE MESSIAH HAD COME AND HIS NAME WAS JESUS.
  • 15:43 AND HE ADVOCATED FOR THAT.
  • 15:45 WE'RE TOLD THAT IN ADDITION TO HIS REASONING PROWESS IN VERSE 11,
  • 15:53 SO PAUL COMMENDS HIS MESSAGE BY VIRTUE OF HIS BEING ABLE TO APPEAL TO THE SCRIPTURE.
  • 15:57 IN CONJUNCTION WITH THAT, THE MESSAGE IS COLLABORATED BY SIGNS AND WONDERS.
  • 16:01 AND THIS COMMENCES WHAT PAUL WAS TRYING TO SAY TO THOSE
  • 16:04 THAT WOULD HAVE PERHAPS HAVE EARS TO HEAR.
  • 16:06 LUKE GOES ON TO THEN UNDERSCORE
  • 16:08 THAT THERE WERE SOME JEWISH EXORCISTS THAT WERE
  • 16:11 GIVEN TO EXPUNGING DEMONS.
  • 16:13 AND PAUL AND THEM GET KINDA SIDEWAYS.
  • 16:16 AND PAUL SHOWS THAT THE GOD WORKING THROUGH PAUL IS GREATER THAN ALL OF THAT.
  • 16:21 AND THERE'S SOMETHING OF A FUSS.
  • 16:23 AND WITH PAUL'S SUPREMACY OVER THOSE JEWISH LEADERS, WE'RE TOLD THOSE JEWISH EXORCISTS,
  • 16:28 WE'RE TOLD IN VERSE 17,
  • 16:34 PEOPLE KNEW THAT SOMETHING WAS HAPPENING.
  • 16:37 THERE'S THIS INBREAKING OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
  • 16:39 SIGNS AND WONDERS, GOOD BIBLE TEACHING.
  • 16:41 PAUL'S MAKING INROADS.
  • 16:42 AND WE'RE TOLD,
  • 16:50 THAT THE JESUS MOVEMENT WAS GROWING HERE.
  • 16:52 WE'RE TOLD AS WELL IN VERSE 19, AND HERE'S WHERE THE TROUBLE BEGINS
  • 16:56 THAT LANDS US IN THIS PLACE, SOME 2000 YEARS AGO.
  • 16:58 WE'RE TOLD,
  • 17:17 AND THEN HE GOES ON TO NOTE, THERE'S A SILVER SMITH,
  • 17:19 THAT PARTICULARLY IS GIVEN OVER TO ANGST BECAUSE OF ALL OF THIS.
  • 17:22 THE LOSS OF BUSINESS AND HE CREATES QUITE A STIR.
  • 17:26 WE'RE TOLD IN VERSE 24,
  • 17:34 AND AGAIN, ARTEMIS WORSHIP WAS PRISTINE HERE IN EPHESUS.
  • 17:39 THE EPHESIANS PRIDED THEMSELVES IN HER, AMONG OTHER DEITIES.
  • 17:43 THERE'S ALL SORTS HERE, BUT ARTEMIS PARTICULARLY.
  • 17:45 WELL WHAT HAPPENS IS AGAIN
  • 17:47 THIS PERSON THAT'S GIVEN TO
  • 17:49 MANUFACTURING ACCOUTREMENTS OF THAT SYSTEM,
  • 17:51 CALLS TOGETHER THE WORKERS
  • 17:52 OF A SIMILAR OCCUPATION IN VERSE 25,
  • 17:54 AND THEN BEGINS TO
  • 17:56 THEN TALK INVECTIVE AGAINST PAUL
  • 17:58 AND THOSE THAT ADVOCATE.
  • 18:00 AND THE NET RESULT IS THAT A RIOT ENSUES.
  • 18:03 IT'S FASCINATING, FRANKLY.
  • 18:06 THERE'S SWELLING DISCONTENT.
  • 18:07 NOW, THIS ATTESTS TO THE FACT THAT PAUL,
  • 18:10 HE DIDN'T JUST HAVE A LITTLE BIBLE STUDY AT THE PERIPHERY OF THE CULTURE,
  • 18:15 HE ENGAGED IT.
  • 18:16 AND YOU CAN SEE MOMENTUM GOING.
  • 18:18 IN FACT THERE'S A LITTLE HYPERBOLE HERE.
  • 18:20 THEY'D CRY FOUL.
  • 18:22 THEY'D SAY THIS TROUBLE MAKER IN ALL OF ASIA
  • 18:24 HE STIRRED PEOPLE UP ALL OVER.
  • 18:26 ALL OF ASIA.
  • 18:27 WELL, THAT'S A LITTLE OVERSTATED, BUT THE POINT IS,
  • 18:30 IS THAT THE MOVEMENT IS GROWING, IT'S EXPANDING, THE GOSPEL'S GETTING OUT THERE.
  • 18:33 WELL, THERE'S A RIOT THAT BREAKS OUT IN THIS PLACE AND THE NET RESULT IS THAT,
  • 18:37 THE WAY IT'S FINALLY TAPERED IS THAT THEY SAY,
  • 18:42 LISTEN, THE COURTS ARE OPEN AND WHAT WE NEED TO DO HERE IS
  • 18:45 CALM THIS THING DOWN,
  • 18:46 LESS WE INVOKE THE HOURS OF THE FATHERS OF THE CITY.
  • 18:49 AND THEN THE POLICE ACTION IS BROUGHT
  • 18:51 TO BEAR IN RESPONSE TO IT.
  • 18:52 ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S UNDERSCORED
  • 18:55 AND PRINCIPALLY WHAT'S UNDERSCORED IN PAUL'S JOURNEY HERE,
  • 18:58 IS THE FACT THAT AS THE GOSPEL WENT FORTH THERE WAS TENSION,
  • 19:00 BECAUSE PAUL ENGAGED THE POWERS THAT BE.
  • 19:03 HE WASN'T JUST A RELIGIOUS PHILOSOPHER, HE WAS A BOLD SORT, HE WAS.
  • 19:06 THIS RABBI.
  • 19:08 AND WE'LL CONTINUE OUR JOURNEY AS WE STUDY HIM
  • 19:10 AND FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE RABBI FROM TARSUS.
  • 19:27 THE THEATRE AT EPHESUS, CONSIDERED A WONDER OF THE WORLD WHEN IT WAS BUILT,
  • 19:32 STILL A WONDER, AUTHENTIC SITE.
  • 19:34 WE SEE IT WHEN WE GO TO EPHESUS, JEFF.
  • 19:36 BUT TO SEE 24,000 PEOPLE IN THAT THEATRE RIOTING,
  • 19:40 I CANNOT IMAGINE THE VISUAL THAT, THAT MUST HAVE BEEN FOR PAUL, FOR ALL OF THEM.
  • 19:46 EVERYTHING IS BURNED, BOOKS ARE BURNED.
  • 19:48 NOT ONLY THE SILVER, BUT THE ALL THE BOOKS,
  • 19:50 EVERYTHING THAT WAS AN IDOL WAS TAKEN CARE OF
  • 19:54 WHEN PAUL REACHED THEM, TALKED TO THEM.
  • 19:57 HE DID MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIVES.
  • 19:58 IT WAS GREAT.
  • 19:59 AND SPEAKING OF WONDER.
  • 20:01 WASN'T AYLIN WONDERFUL?
  • 20:05 OUR GUIDE IN EPHESUS WAS ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTFUL.
  • 20:07 JUST KNEW EVERYTHING.
  • 20:11 THINGS I HADN'T HEARD.
  • 20:13 WE HAVE GUIDES ALL THE TIME IN EPHESUS, BUT THIS WAS REALLY DIFFERENT.
  • 20:16 SHE REALLY HAD SOME REALLY DEEP INSIGHTS INTO EPHESUS.
  • 20:20 HERE'S AYLIN IN EPHESUS.
  • 20:24 YOU'RE SEEING AND VISITING THE 3RD EPHESUS.
  • 20:26 OH, THAT'S RIGHT
  • 20:28 THIS IS FROM 334 B.C
  • 20:31 UNTIL 650 A.D. THE LIFE WAS HERE.
  • 20:36 AND WHAT HAPPENS IN 650 A.D, EARTHQUAKE?
  • 20:39 SEVERAL EARTHQUAKES EVERY HUNDRED YEARS
  • 20:43 AND EVERY YEAR IS WHAT IS HAPPENING.
  • 20:45 BUT, THE MAJOR PROBLEM IT WAS
  • 20:47 THAT THE TEMPLE OF ARTEMIS WAS CLOSED.
  • 20:49 AFTER THE 3RD ECONOMIC COUNCIL
  • 20:51 WOULD HAVE PLACED IN EPHESUS.
  • 20:54 AND THE WORSHIPPING TO ARTEMIS WHEN IT'S FINISHED,
  • 20:57 NO PILGRIMAGE.
  • 20:59 OK, PILGRIMS, NO PILGRIMS,
  • 21:00 NO TOURISTS. >>NO TOURISTS WERE COMING.
  • 21:02 THE HARBOR WAS ALSO SEALED UP.
  • 21:06 IT'S INTERESTING THE HARBOR IS RIGHT HERE,
  • 21:08 BUT IT'S 7 MILES FROM KUSADASI IN TURKEY.
  • 21:11 IT'S 7 MILES FROM WHERE THE PORT ORIGINALLY WAS. >>YES
  • 21:13 WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PORT?
  • 21:15 THE RIVER.
  • 21:17 THE RIVER DRIED UP.
  • 21:19 AND TODAY WE HAVE ONLY ONE SMALL LAKE LEFT,
  • 21:22 WHO'S CONNECTING WITH A SMALL CANAL TO THE SEA.
  • 21:25 SMALL CANAL.
  • 21:28 AND THAT'S IT.
  • 21:29 SO NOW EPHESUS IS HERE AND WE'VE SEEN,
  • 21:33 I'VE SEEN ALL KINDS OF RUINS.
  • 21:35 1ST CENTURY, 2ND CENTURY, AND BEFORE THEN 3RD CENTURY B.C
  • 21:38 3RD CENTURY B.C
  • 21:40 THE GREEKS WERE HERE, THE ROMANS WERE HERE.
  • 21:42 AND THE BYZANTINES, THEY WERE HERE. >>THE BYZANTINES, THAT'S RIGHT
  • 21:45 THE CITY WAS, THE LAST 200 YEARS,
  • 21:47 IT WAS A CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN CITY.
  • 21:49 CATHOLIC CHRISTIANS.
  • 21:51 IN FACT BEHIND US IS 2 CHURCHES TO SAINT MARY,
  • 21:54 YES >>TO THE VIRGIN MARY, RIGHT?
  • 21:56 YES
  • 21:57 WE'RE HERE IN THE SUMMER,
  • 21:59 I'M WONDERING WHAT WOULD A 1ST CENTURY PILGRIM SEE HERE?
  • 22:04 WHAT WOULD THEY SEE?
  • 22:05 THEY WOULD SEE BIG TEMPLES...
  • 22:06 ONE OF THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD.
  • 22:09 THEY WOULD COME AND SEE IT, OF COURSE,
  • 22:12 WHICH HAD BEEN BURNED BY AN HEROSTRATUS.
  • 22:15 HE WAS A CRAZY MAN, BUT HE BURNED IT
  • 22:18 AND BUILT ANOTHER ONE AFTERWARD.
  • 22:21 AND SEVERAL TIMES IT'S BEEN BUILT,
  • 22:23 THE TEMPLE OF ARTEMIS.
  • 22:24 ST. JOHN
  • 22:25 ST. JOHN, RIGHT.
  • 22:26 ST. JOHN, HE WAS IN EPHESUS.
  • 22:28 ST. PAUL, HE WAS IN EPHESUS TOO.
  • 22:30 AND THE 1ST CENTURY BELIEVERS WERE HERE.
  • 22:32 THEY ALL MADE A PILGRIMAGE HERE.
  • 22:35 THEY ALL CAME TO... >>IT WAS THE CAPITAL OF ASIA MINOR.
  • 22:37 THAT'S RIGHT
  • 22:38 AND THE GOVERNORS, THE PROCONSULS,
  • 22:41 THEY WERE LIVING IN EPHESUS.
  • 22:42 AND SO, IT WAS A REALLY IMPORTANT POINT.
  • 22:46 AND THE TEMPLE WAS HERE ALSO.
  • 22:48 WORSHIPPING ALL ASIA MINOR FOR ARTEMIS,
  • 22:52 WHICH A DIFFERENT GOD THAN THE ARTEMIS,
  • 22:56 GREEK ARTEMIS.
  • 22:57 THEY COMBINED THE GREEKS WHEN THEY CAME TO COLONY.
  • 23:00 THEY COMBINED THEIR GODDESS WITH CYBELE,
  • 23:03 MOTHER GODDESS OF THE LOCALS OF ASIA MINOR.
  • 23:06 SO THEY CREATED ANOTHER ONE, A POWERFUL ONE.
  • 23:09 SHE'S REALLY A POWERFUL,
  • 23:11 THIS POWERFUL IDOL THEN.
  • 23:13 YES, EXACTLY.
  • 23:14 AND THEY ARE WORSHIPPING HER
  • 23:16 AND NO WONDER THEY'RE MAKING SILVER THINGS FOR HER TO GIVE TO HER.
  • 23:19 SILVER, GOLD, TERRA COTTA.
  • 23:21 ANYTHING
  • 23:23 OH, ANYTHING.
  • 23:24 WHATEVER YOUR STATION WAS IS WHAT YOU WOULD MAKE AND GIVE TO HER.
  • 23:28 AND THEY WERE WORSHIPPING EVEN IN ROME FOR ARTEMIS,
  • 23:31 TO CHANGE LATER ON TO WORSHIPPING TO ARTEMIS.
  • 23:37 MAYBE THE REASON WHY ST. JOHN AND ST. PAUL THEY CAME TO EPHESUS.
  • 23:42 BECAUSE OF THE IDOL WORSHIP.
  • 23:43 SURE, BECAUSE WE FOLLOW THE ONE TRUE GOD
  • 23:47 RATHER THAN AN IDOL. >>YES
  • 23:56 ♪(ORCHESTRA PLAYING)♪
  • 24:44 WE LIVE IN A WORLD TODAY, WHERE MANY CAN'T FIND SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR.
  • 24:50 I'M WONDERING BY ENTERING INTO A WORLD WHERE SOMEONE FOUND SOMETHING TO DIE FOR,
  • 24:57 IF HUMAN BEINGS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING IN LIFE
  • 25:00 MIGHT FIND SOMETHING IN THE MESSAGE OF THE RABBI FROM TARSUS.
  • 25:04 HE WAS SO BOLD, SO FORTHRIGHT, SO DIRECT.
  • 25:09 HE STARTS A RIOT.
  • 25:11 IF YOU'LL LOOK WITH ME IN ACTS CHAPTER 19, VERSE 17, HE DID IT ALL,
  • 25:16 WITH THE EFFECT THAT THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS WAS MAGNIFIED.
  • 25:22 AND IF YOU'LL PERMIT, BUT FOR A MOMENT, I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND AN OFFER FOR YOU.
  • 25:28 TO RECEIVE THE SAME SPIRIT THAT PAUL RECEIVED.
  • 25:32 HE LIVED AND DIED FOR A MESSAGE THAT WE MIGHT COME TO KNOW ISRAEL'S MESSIAH, THE ONE JESUS.
  • 25:40 AND IF YOU WOULD BUT TODAY, REPENT OF YOUR SINS AND CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD,
  • 25:46 THEN YOU'D DISCOVER WHAT PAUL ADVOCATED.
  • 25:49 AND THAT IS, THAT EVERYONE WHO CALLS UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD,
  • 25:53 WILL BE SAVED.
  • 25:55 AND THAT WAS PAUL'S MESSAGE.
  • 25:57 HE TAUGHT THAT GOD WAS SOVEREIGN,
  • 25:59 HE WAS THE CREATOR, HE WAS THE JUDGE,
  • 26:01 HIS MESSAGE NEVER VARIED.
  • 26:04 IT DIDN'T CHANGE ACCORDING TO
  • 26:06 POLITICAL CORRECTNESS.
  • 26:07 IT STAYED THE SAME.
  • 26:09 RIGHT AND THAT SAME GOD IS GOD OF ALL.
  • 26:12 AND EVERYONE WHO CALLS UPON THE NAME OF THAT LORD
  • 26:16 WILL BE SAVED.
  • 26:17 AMEN.
  • 26:18 THERE'S NOTHING EASIER TO DO THAN TO SAY, "LORD I AM A SINNER.
  • 26:21 I CALL ON YOU TO FORGIVE MY SINS." THAT'S IT.
  • 26:25 THAT'S ALL ANYONE HAS TO DO, IS ASK MESSIAH INTO THEIR HEARTS.
  • 26:29 BE JEW, GENTILE, DOES NOT MATTER, DOES NOT MATTER, JEFF.
  • 26:33 GREAT TEACHING IN EPHESUS.
  • 26:35 GREAT TEACHING ALL ALONG.
  • 26:37 I'VE REALLY ENJOYED IT.
  • 26:38 THANK YOU SO MUCH.
  • 26:39 AND AS YOU GO,
  • 26:40 SHA 'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM.
  • 26:44 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM

Episodes in this series

  1. First Steps Toward Christ
  2. First “Official” Ministry Journey
  3. Apostolic Ordination and Subsequent Missionary Journey
  4. Second and Third Missionary Journeys
  5. Arrest and Appeal to Rome for Trial
  6. Roman Imprisonment, Release, Travels, and Death
  7. Paul’s Earliest Writings: Galatians and 1 Thessalonians
  8. Follow-up to the Thessalonians, and 1 Corinthians
  9. Reconciliation with the Corinthians, and Roman Correspondence
  10. Letters to Philemon, the Colossians, and the Ephesians
  11. Letters to the Philippians and Timothy
  12. Final Steps and Farewell Letters to Titus and Timothy

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