Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New Testament in a Year - July 22


Acts 19:1-20 - Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)

July 22

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Paul in Ephesus
191While Apollos was in the city of Corinth, Paul was visiting some places on the
way to the city of Ephesus. In Ephesus Paul found some followers [of the Lord].
2Paul asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit* when you believed?" These followers
said to him, "We have never even heard of a Holy Spirit!" 3So Paul asked them, "What
kind of baptism* did you have?" They said, "It was the baptism that John* taught."
4Paul said, "John told people to be baptized* to show they wanted to change their
lives. John told people to believe in the One who would come after him. That person
is Jesus." 5When these followers heard this, they were baptized* in the name of
the Lord Jesus. 6Then Paul put his hands on them* and the Holy Spirit* came into
them. They began speaking different languages and prophesying.* 7There were about
twelve men in this group. 8Paul went into the synagogue* and spoke very boldly.
Paul continued doing this for three months. He talked with the Jews and persuaded
them to accept the things he said about the kingdom of God. 9But some of the Jews
became stubborn. They refused to believe. These Jews said some very bad things about
the Way [of Jesus]. All the people heard these things. So Paul left those Jews and
took the followers [of Jesus] with him. Paul went to a place where a man named Tyrannus
had a school. There Paul talked with people every day. 10Paul did this for two years.
Because of this work, every Jew and Greek (non-Jew) in the country of Asia* heard
the word of the Lord.
The Sons of Sceva
11God used Paul to do some very special miracles.* 12Some people carried away handkerchiefs
and clothes that Paul had used. The people put these things on sick people. When
they did this, the sick people were healed, and evil spirits [from the devil] left
them. 13-14Some Jews also were traveling around and making evil spirits go out of
people. The seven sons of Sceva were doing this. (Sceva was a high priest.* ) These
Jews tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus to make the evil spirits go out of
people. They all said, "By the same Jesus that Paul talks about, I order you to
come out!" 15But one time an evil spirit said to these Jews, "I know Jesus, and
I know about Paul, but who are you?" 16Then the man, who had the evil spirit [from
the devil] inside him, jumped on these Jews. He was much stronger than all of them.
He beat them up and tore their clothes off. These Jews ran away from that house.
17All the people in Ephesus, Jews and Greeks (non-Jews), learned about this. They
all began to have great respect [for God]. And the people gave great honor to the
name of the Lord Jesus. 18Many of the believers began to confess and tell all the
bad things they had done. 19Some of the believers had used magic. These believers
brought their magic books and burned them before everyone. Those books were worth
about 50,000 silver coins.* 20This is how the word of the Lord was influencing more
and more people in a powerful way. And more and more people believed.

Footnotes: Spirit, Holy Spirit Also called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ,
and the Comforter. Joined with God and Christ, He does God's work among people in
the world. baptism A Greek word meaning to be immersed, dipped, or buried briefly
under water. John John the Baptizer, the man that told people about Christ's coming
(Read Mt. 3; Lk. 3). baptized A Greek word meaning to be immersed, dipped, or buried
briefly under water. put his hands on them Here, doing this was a sign to show that
Paul had God's authority or power to give these people special powers of the Holy
Spirit. prophesying Speaking or teaching things from God. synagogue(s) Synagogues
were places where Jews gathered for prayer, study of the Scriptures, and other public
meetings. Asia The western part of Asia Minor. miracle(s) Miracles are amazing works
done by God's power. high priest The most important Jewish priest and leader. silver
coins Probably drachmas. One coin was enough to pay a man for working one day.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."


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