The Sons of Sceva, Acts 19:11-20


Acts 19:11-20

The Sons of Sceva

  1. Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions.
  2. Be comfortably alert, still and at peace.
  3. Say the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer
  4. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself.
  5. Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.
  6. Reread it. From memory, determine the central points.
  7. Ephesus would have been typical of the ancient world, which was much engaged with magical practices.
  8. Now Paul, through Paul, God was doing incredible miracles, primarily power over unclean spirits. There were healings and the casting out of demons. Shocking to the Ephesians.
  9. It was thought that the covenant name of God, given to Moses at the Burning Bush, Yahweh, had magical powers. 7 sons of a supposed Jewish high priest named Sceva, used this name to perform miracles.
  10. Seeing what Paul did, they tried using “the name of the Lord Jesus” when they saw the evil spirits subject to Paul.
  11. The evil spirits knew who Jesus was, of course, the same today, and they recognized Paul, who they knew was wrecking havoc among them.
  12. This did not work, indeed, it backfired, and an evil spirit, or demon, attacked them and wounded them.
  13. Such authority over the demonic realm brought even more attention by the Ephesians to Paul. An awakening was under way already, and now it increased to a great degree.
  14. Word quickly spread in Ephesus and the hand of God is evident in that the citizens brought together a large pile of their magical books and burned them, publically.
  15. The magical materials, Luke tells, totaled 59,000 pieces of silver—a staggering amount.
  16. This all abounded to the glory of God and the Word spread.


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