3rd Sunday in July
And 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.'
"What therefore 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; neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed
anything, since He Himself gives to all life and breath and all things; and He made
from one, 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 should
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 offspring.'
"Being then the offspring 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 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."
Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some began to sneer, but others
said, "We shall hear you again concerning this." So Paul went out of their midst.
But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite
and a woman named Damaris and others with them. Acts 17:22-34 (NAS)
The men of Athens had created many objects of worship, including an altar to an
Paul explained that the One they were worshiping in ignorance was the One God who
had made the world. This one God in the past had overlooked the times of ignorance,
but now was commanding that all everywhere should _______.
Suggested Bible Reading for Month:
July 1-7:New Testament -- Acts 7:1 - Acts 9:43. Old Testament -- 2 Chronicles 18
- 2 Chronicles 34.
July 8-14: New Testament -- Acts 10:1 - Acts 14:28. Old Testament -- 2 Chronicles
35 - Nehemiah 5.
July 15-21: New Testament -- Acts 15:1 - Acts 18:28. Old Testament -- Nehemiah 6
- Esther 10.
July 22-31: New Testament -- Acts 19:1 - Acts 24:27. Old Testament -- Job 1 - Job
Then Paul stood before the meeting of the Areopagus council. Paul said, "Men of
Athens, I can see that you are very religious in all things. I was going through
your city and I saw the things you worship. I found an altar that had these words
written on it: 'TO THE GOD WHO IS NOT KNOWN.'
"You worship a god that you don't know. This is the God I am telling you about!
He is the God who made the whole world and everything in it. He is the Lord (Ruler)
of the land and the sky. He does not live in temples that men build! This God is
the One who gives life, breath, and everything else to people. He does not need
any help from people. God has everything he needs. God began by making one man
(Adam). From him God made all the different people. God made them to live everywhere
in the world. God decided exactly when and where they must live. God wanted the
people to look for him. Maybe they could search all around for him and find him.
But he is not far from any of us: 'We live with him. We walk with him. We are with
him.' Some of your own writers have said: 'For we are his children.'
"That's right. We are God's children. So, you must not think that God is like something
that people imagine or make. He is not like gold, silver, or rock. In the past,
people did not understand God, but God ignored this. But now, God tells every person
in the world to change his heart and life. God has decided a day when he will judge
all the people in the world. He will be fair. He will use a man (Jesus) to do this.
God chose this man long ago. And God has proved this to every person; God proved
it by raising that man from death!"
When the people heard about [Jesus] being raised from death, some of them laughed.
The people said, "We will hear more about this from you later." Paul went away from
them. But some of the people believed Paul and joined him. One of the people that
believed was Dionysius. He was a member of the Areopagus council. Another person
who believed was a woman named Damaris. There were also some other people that
believed. Acts 17:22-34 (ERV)
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