So, the city was filled with the
confusion and they rushed together into the theater, dragging with him Gaius and
Aristarchus, Macedonians from the Philippi area, who were Paul’s companions in
travel. But when Paul wished to go in among the crowd, the disciples would not let
him. And even some of the Asiarchs, who were friends of his, sent to Paul and
urged him not to venture into the theater. Now some cried out one thing and some another, for the assembly was in confusion. And most of them did not know why they had come together. Some of the crowd prompted Alexander, whom the Jews had put forward, and Alexander motioning with his hand and wanted to make a defense to the crowd but, when they recognized that he was a Jew, for about two hours they
all cried out with one voice, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” And one thing I just want to say, I know that it’s hot, but Paul had a HUGE impact in the city of Ephesus! The Bible talks that the entire region knew about this new Savior, Jesus, and His name was respected because of the miracles and because of the power of the Holy
Spirit that brought, that brought Paul’s message, the message of Christ!