Read. Acts 19:13-17
13 There were some Jews who traveled around throwing out evil spirits. They tried to use the power of the name of the Lord Jesus against some people with evil spirits. They said, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you!” 14 The seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this.
15 The evil spirit replied, “I know Jesus and I’m familiar with Paul, but who are you?” 16 The person who had an evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all with such force that they ran out of that house naked and wounded. 17 This became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus. Everyone was seized with fear and they held the name of the Lord Jesus in the highest regard.
Reflect. In the world of Paul, exorcists were often hired to drive out spirits and heal people. Often, Jews were hired for this work by the pagan rulers and wealthy people because it was believed that they had some kind of special power. When we read about the exorcists in v.13, this is likely what is happening. These are likely Jews who have been hired as exorcists by the religious and civic (non-Christians) leaders in Ephesus.
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