The Silversmith Called Demetrius & Magic Books Are Burned

Monday, January 21, 2013
These two shorter lessons are combined.

Review: Last week we studied about Paul at Corinth. He stayed with Aquila and his wife Priscilla. They were tent makers, like Paul. He worked for them and every week, Paul taught in the synagogue.

Some people didn’t believe what Paul was teaching, but a lot of other people did. They listened to Paul, believed and were baptized.
Lesson: Scripture is Acts 19:11-41. Have students look up and read Acts 19:11. We are told that Paul was doing unusual miracles through God.

Paul was doing miracles that God wanted. People brought handkerchiefs and aprons of their sick family and friends and their diseases were healed! (Acts 19:12)

Books burned: There were people that practiced magic at Ephesus. They believed in Jesus and gathered their books together and burned them in front of everyone! When they added up the cost of them, it was worth 50,000 pieces of silver! (Acts 19:19)
With Paul and the Disciples teaching about Jesus, people were hearing the word of God and becoming Christians. (Acts 19:20) There was a silversmith called Demetrius. He made silver shrines of Diana and made a lot of money doing it.

Demetrius called the other men together that had a similar occupation and told them that “You know we make a lot of money in our trade.”

But there is a man called Paul who is traveling through Asia, and he is telling people to quit worshipping idols. He is telling people that idols are not gods because they are made by hands.  So not only is our work at stake, but the temple of “the great goddess Diana” will be despised.

When they heard this, they were angry and shouted, “Great is Diana!” The whole city was confused and upset. The crowd grabbed 2 of Paul’s traveling companions and went into the theater.

When Paul wanted to go in, the disciples wouldn’t let him. It was too dangerous. The people were angry and hostile.

Most of the people that were there, didn’t even know why they were there. There was so much confusion. They just kept shouting “Great is Diana” for 2 hours.

The city clerk finally got the crowd quiet and told the people that they know that Ephesus is the city that has the temple guarding the goddess Diana and since this fact cannot be denied, think about it and don’t act foolishly. Paul and these other men are not robbers, so if Demetrius has a case against Paul, let him go to court. He told them that were in danger of causing an uproar that couldn’t be accounted for.

When that uproar settled down, Paul left to go to Macedonia. 
When I do this lesson, I have the parts in the picture above cut and let the kids glue to a 12x18 piece of construction paper. You can print these here:
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Bible Verse: Acts 19:20

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
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1 comment

  1. I was so excited to find this lapbook of preschool class has been learning about Paul and this is just what I needed to wrap up the lessons! Although they cannot read the answers, they will have a great time answering some of the questions you posed here! Keep up the great work!!!


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