So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said,
“Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘To an Unknown God.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”
– Acts 17:22-31
Our scripture passage picks up where we left off yesterday. The apostle Paul is preaching to philosophers in Athens, Greece. These philosophers had heard Paul speaking of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, and, considering this concept foreign to all existing conceptions of the supernatural, invited him to tell them more.
Because these philosophers would be unfamiliar with Israel’s prophets and their promises of a Messiah who would redeem the world for God, Paul focuses on concepts they should be able to understand. In the end, however, he comes back to the all-important resurrection of Christ.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, many philosophies occupy the minds of people today, but Your resurrection cuts through them all. Help us honor Your resurrection and live in its light…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)