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October 18 - Evening

"Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for
three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God.
 But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them.
He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily
in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.
 This went on for two years, 
so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province
of Asia heard the word of the Lord.

- Acts 19:8-10

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Paul Labors and Teaches in Ephesus    

On his third missionary trip Paul arrived in Ephesus for the first time in 53 AD. Due to his training and education in Jerusalem the Jewish Rabbi Saul (or, Paul) was welcomed in to speak in the Ephesian synagogue. Paul spent three months presenting the Christian view of the kingdom of God to the Jews in their synagogue. As usual, after three months the synagogue congregation was split. Paul takes the believing portion of the synagogue with him, and the church of Ephesus is born.

Paul started the Ephesian church in the lecture hall of a Gentile named Tyrannus by teaching every day during the noon hour. The daily schedule that Paul seems to follow was the daily routine of Ephesian society:

  • 6:00-11:00 AM (first to fifth hour) – the craftsman would labor and businesses would be open.
  • 11:00 AM-4:00 PM (fifth to tenth hour) – lunch and rest during the heat of the day (or, in 53-54 AD, lunch and Bible study in Tyrannus Lecture Hall!)
  • 4:00-8:00 PM (tenth hour to sundown) – return to work in the cool of the day

It appears that Paul used his lunch break and the hottest part of the day to teach in a lecture hall that was available during the middle part of the day. Paul did this for two years.

Later, Paul spoke about his time of employment and labor among the Ephesians:

"I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak.”
– Acts 20:33-35

  Christian Quote from Church History

"As a fresh start, the church should give away all her endowments to the poor
and needy."
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer




Something to Ponder??
Young people of the Bible wore their hair long. Thick hair was desired and often curled. Middle-aged men and priests would, at rare times, cut their hair. Beards were kept long and rarely cut.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information



Muthos (Gr) -  Myth (Eng) - the Greek word muthos is translated "myth" or "fable."
In Second Timothy 4:4 says,

"They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to muthos."

It is worth noting that the first verb is in the active tense as in,
"They themselves will turn their own ears away from the truth."
The people willingly by their own choice do this turning away from truth.
But, the result is not written in the Greek in the active tense, but in the passive.
The result is not done by the people, but instead is done to the people:
They will be, by something outside themselves, turned aside to muthos, or myths, that are not true.

If we willing turn away from the truth, we will be left to deception.


Four wine-drinking vessel belonging to Artaxerxes from the 400's BC have been found in his royal palace. Artaxerxes name is inscribed in cuneiform on the 12 inch diameter vessel. Note that Nehemiah is identified as Artaxerxes' cupbearer in Nehemiah 2:1 in April of 445 BC.

The inscription on the silver wine bowl read:
"Artaxerxes, the great king, king of kings, king of countries, son of Xerxes the king, of Xerxes who was son of Darius the king, the Achaemenian, in whose house this silver drinking cup was made."
(see image and details HERE)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Am I actively pursuing the Truth of the Word of God?
Do I think knowledge and understanding of God's Word is optional?
I will pursue the Truth, so that I am not drawn away by a deception.
  "From the fruit of his mouth a man's stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied." - Proverbs 18:20
Bible Reading Program Details
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Acts 18 Matthew 15
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Guidance and direction in the roles you have in life An outpouring of the Holy Spirit ACLU Sao Tome and Principe - islanders and rural fisherfok are less-reached with Gospel
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Kidron Valley and Southwest corner of Temple Mount

This photo is looking up from the Kidron Valley at the southeast corner of the Temple Mount Wall. In the days of the New Testament, the building on this corner of the Temple Mount would have been even higher. Josephus describes the view from the  roof of the Royal Stoa, or Solomon’s Porch, saying:

It was a structure more noteworthy than any under the sun. The height of the portico was so great that if anyone looked down from its rooftop he would become dizzy and his vision would be unable to reach the end of so measureless a depth.
- Josephus, Antiquities 15.412

It is important to realize that the Kidron Valley was much deeper 2,000 years ago. The bottom of the Kidron Valley has been raised by the rubble and debris of centuries falling into it. This is where Jesus was tempted by Satan to jump:

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.
“If you are the Son of God,” he said,
“throw yourself down.”

– Matthew 4:8

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