Acts 17:21-23.. 21 (Now all the Athenians and the strangers visiting there used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new.)
Vv.19-20 Paul was called to explain the new doctrine he was teaching. The people of Athens spent a lot of time talking about the newest idea or happening. This sounds like social media today which explodes several times a week with revelations that are usually superseded by the next new thing. Unfortunately large parts of the USA university systems have been taken over by the pursuit of frivolous pursuits and new fads rather than real knowledge leading to productive jobs.
22 So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects.
The Areopagus refers to the hill of Mars, where the temple of Mars stood and where the court of Areopagus ruled over men like Paul. This counsel had been called to hear from Paul and his teachings about the resurrection of Jesus. Paul started off by observing the many temples for worship of false idols and saying they seemed to be very religious.
23 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.
As Paul was reviewing the many objects of worship he found an altar ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Paul did not start off insulting his audience, but tried to engage them in their hearts. Paul will quickly move to describe God.
Henry Luke 1/16/2018
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