Saturday, August 28, 2010

NIPTO, Day 202

Hey-o! (Definitely picked that one up from Katie! haha)

Today was crazy. I got up, went to the Back to School Bash, came home and did a couple random things, read a little bit of a book, got ready, ate dinner, went to my best friend's soccer game (they won 3-1), went back to said best friend's house and made t-shirts with her sister&friend. I'll put pictures up when they're completely done.
Oh and after we made t-shirts, we just hung around and talked.
That's my day in a nutshell.
Now I'm going to elaborate on the Back to School Bash. Because that was from 9-3. Soooo that's a huge chunk of my day.
Got there, tied string on balloons (there were 144 balloons total... quite a few popped though), went to the sanctuary for praying/devotional/final instructions, went to craft station to help prep stuff there before the kids got there, went into the sanctuary and danced like crazy, talked to kids, was a pretend prophet of Baal, went to experiments (cornstarch&water and Diet Coke&mentos), then went to the bounce houses, stayed there for a long time, ate lunch, talked to Kayt for a bit, talked to Paige for a bit, watched the kiddos play games, went in to craft, but didn't actually do much because I mostly took kids to the bathroom, then went to the closing ceremony thing, was crazy some more, was a pretend prophet of Baal again, and then was crazy even more. It was a good time. But it was very tiring. But definitely worth it!

A'ight. I'm going to do NIPTO because it's uhm... not today any more. It's tomorrow. Sooooo Yeah. NIPTO it is.

Acts 19:23-41
23About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. 24A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in no little business for the craftsmen. 25He called them together, along with the workmen in related trades, and said: "Men, you know we receive a good income from this business. 26And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that man-made gods are no gods at all. 27There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited, and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty."

So a silversmith was kind of causing trouble. He made shrines of other gods. But because of Paul, people weren't buying them! Soooo he was kinda angry about that.

28When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!" 29Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul's traveling companions from Macedonia, and rushed as one man into the theater. 30Paul wanted to appear before the crowd, but the disciples would not let him. 31Even some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, sent him a message begging him not to venture into the theater.

The people heard this and got angry. Annnd those people got other people angry. And it all spread. Like wildfire. And the whole city was... "on fire," so to speak. They grabbed Paul's traveling partners and "rushed as one man" into this theater thing that was probably like a public forum type thing where people could talk&stuff. Paul wanted to go talk to them, but the disciples would not let him. It was too dangerous... so they thought.

32The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there. 33The Jews pushed Alexander to the front, and some of the crowd shouted instructions to him. He motioned for silence in order to make a defense before the people. 34But when they realized he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison for about two hours: "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"

Everyone was confused. People were yelling different things and other people didn't even know why they were there. How crazy is that?!?!
Then this guy gets pushed up to the front. And the crowd was shouting at him what he should do. He motioned for them to be quiet, and then they realized that he was Jewish. And they shouted him OUT. For a long time.

35The city clerk quieted the crowd and said: "Men of Ephesus, doesn't all the world know that the city of Ephesus is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of her image, which fell from heaven? 36Therefore, since these facts are undeniable, you ought to be quiet and not do anything rash. 37You have brought these men here, though they have neither robbed temples nor blasphemed our goddess. 38If, then, Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a grievance against anybody, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. They can press charges. 39If there is anything further you want to bring up, it must be settled in a legal assembly. 40As it is, we are in danger of being charged with rioting because of today's events. In that case we would not be able to account for this commotion, since there is no reason for it." 41After he had said this, he dismissed the assembly.

Crazy stuff, don't ya think?
The city clerk got involved and basically told them what was goin' on. He told them not to do anything crazy. Stay calm. He kind of reprimanded them for bringing the men there without any real reason. He told them that if there were a legitimate reason that they could take the guys to the courts to have it settled. But they needed to break everyone up because they were in the precarious position of possibly being charged with rioting because of what had happened. And because there weren't legitimate reasons for bringing them there, there's no reason that they should be there. And then he dismissed them. Simple as a flick of the wrist. Or something.

Whew. I'm TIRED. And definitely ready for sleep. (Thank goodness for spell check! haha)
Hope y'all had a goood Saturday! (Happy Birthday, Riley! He turns 2 today! Craziness.)

Well. g'night!

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