Stuck in the City

2 03 2010

I love Acts 17. Having been chased out of Macedonia, Paul got “stuck” in Athens without his team (vv.15-16).  He was stuck in this powerful city, but soon “his spirit was being provoked within him as he was observing the city full of idols.” He headed to the synagogue and marketplace “preaching Jesus and the resurrection.” Soon he was at the Areopagus, where he preached a sermon that is so ancient and so modern.

They had a culture full of idolatry, with a slot left for an “Unknown God.” In a different way, our cities today are also full of idolatry yet many people are willing to leave a small slot available for the possibility of some sort of a god (there are relatively few pure atheists). Paul has a message for them: that God “gives to all people life and breath and all things.” You have carved out a small niche in your idolatrous world for Him, when in reality He rules even your breath. He “is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent.”


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