“Heated Incidents” (in prep for Song 1:9)

Confusion, Division, Disarray, Chaos – these are unpleasant words, I know.  But I’ve been thinking about them lately in regards to something really interesting that may fit in with the next passage in the Song.  I’m really excited to share it soon.

But meanwhile, I’ve been trying to recall examples in the Bible of heated reactions or incidents in crowds, armies, or individuals.

One example from the O.T. I thought of is what happened at the tower of Babel when God “came down” and confounded their language.

In the N.T. I thought of Jesus standing up and speaking in the synagogue at the beginning of His ministry, and how the crowd went wild and tried to push Him off a cliff.


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  1. The riot in Ephesus…Acts 19

    1. Thanks, Great example.

      A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in a lot of business for the craftsmen there.
      He called them together, along with the workers in related trades, and said: ‘You know, my friends, that we receive a good income from this business. And 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 gods made by human hands are no gods at all. There 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.

      When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: ‘Great is Artemis of the Ephesians’

      Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia, and all of them rushed into the theater together. Paul wanted to appear before the crowd, but the disciples would not let him. Even some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, sent him a message begging him not to venture into the theater.

      The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there.

  2. The stoning of Stephen, Acts 7, especially vs. 55-58.

    1. Thanks Paul:)

      But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.

      “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

      At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him.

      While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

      Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.

  3. Thank you to Kat, for sharing these by email as she was going out the door :)

    Acts 6:9 – Stephen’s Happening

    But some men from what was called the Synagogue of the Freedmen, including both Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and some from Cilicia and Asia, ROSE UP and ARGUED with Stephen.

    Acts 16:19-23

    But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the market place before the authorities, and when they had brought them to the chief magistrates, they said, “These men are throwing our city into CONFUSION, being Jews, and are proclaiming customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans.” The crowd ROSE UP together against them, and the chief magistrates tore their robes off them and proceeded to order them to be beaten with rods. When they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard them securely;

    John 7

    Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.


    Some of the people therefore, when they heard these words, were saying, “This certainly is the Prophet.” Others were saying, “This is the Christ.” Still others were saying, “Surely the Christ is not going to come from Galilee, is He? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the descendants of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” So a DIVISION occurred in the crowd because of Him. Some of them wanted to seize Him, but no one laid hands on Him.

    • Marsela Sava on 01/30/2014 at 2:30 am
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    Acts 13: 8 – 11 But Elymas the sorcerer withstood them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from faith. Then Saul who is also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him, and said ” O full of deceit and all fraud, you son of devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of The Lord? And now, indeed the hand of The Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time….”

    1. Thanks Marsela :) You make me think of another one, from Acts, where Paul yells out something about the resurrection, and it causes a riot. Got to go find it now….

      1. Found it :-)

        Act 23:6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
        Act 23:7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.
        Act 23:8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.
        Act 23:9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees’ part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.
        Act 23:10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.

    2. in response to Marsela’s comments this came to mind.

      Matt. 23:39 “Behold, your house is being left to you desolate! “For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!'”

    • Scott on 01/30/2014 at 4:24 pm
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    Previously, in Acts 22, accused and attacked by the Jews in Jerusalem, Paul asked the Roman soldiers whether it was lawful to bind a Roman citizen, in the midst of the uproar. A simple inquiry regarding what is right, ultimately delivered Paul to Rome and the beginning of the conversion of the Roman Empire (both for better, ie the worldwide spread of the gospel, and for worse, ie man’s added twists). It also saved the tribune and his soldiers from punishment, not unlike Paul’s staying in prison when the doors flew open and prevented the guard from killing himself. Even in bondage there is freedom.

    1. Thanks Scott! Sorry I’m late in replying. Sometimes I go back a second time to review a post or comments. I appreciate this peek into how things worked out for the spread of the gospel.

  4. Great insights

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