Paul’s experience in Ephesus must have been amazing. To see the fruit of discipleship displayed so demonstratively with the burning of all their magic books would have been moving.
My first experience was with a drug user who had come to Christ. He took me back to his place where he showed me all of his cocaine and then told me that for Christ he was going to flush them down the sink. He did so. Wow!
I also think of Judas – I know, a little weird – he probably would have wanted to sell all the magic books to redeem their value and give more to the poor. But as usual, he would have missed the point of repentance that was taking place and the turning of ones back to the things that held them prisoner for so long. But also, why put someone else into bondage?
Also many of those who became believers confessed and disclosed their practices. A number of those who practiced magic collected their books and burned them publicly; when the value of these books was calculated, it was found to come to fifty thousand silver coins. Acts 19:18-19