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Acts 17:22-34 Meet The Unknown God

The ONLY one that can be filled

We join Paul in the midst of the Areopagus. This was the temple and the civil court under the “authority” of the god Ares. “This body held extensive authority over the civil and religious life of Athens. In Paul’s day, it exercised jurisdiction especially in the matters of religion and morality” (ESV Study bible notes on Acts 17:19).  He is presented with the opportunity to speak to the leaders of Athens about the One true God.

Athens was a very religious community. They worshiped EVERYTHING! And to make sure they didn’t miss something/someone, they had an alter for the “unknown god.” Paul was able to use this as a springboard for his testimony regarding Jesus and the One true God. God opened a door for him, even in the midst of one of the most pagan societies ever.

Paul was also able to capitalize on their desire for new things. Athenians were known for their desire for new ideas. Paul had a new twist on an old idea. As William Shakespeare said “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” These people knew there was more but they didn’t know where to look. They had a God sized hole that they were trying to fill with little gods. Read more »

Luke 23:50-56 With A Heavy Heart

God prepared men to care for Jesus’ body

We join the story right after Jesus breathes His last breath. He has surrendered His spirit to His Father; “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” (verse 46). But Jesus’ physical body needs to be tended to because Jesus is not done with it.

Once again, God has prepared in advance for Jesus’ needs. Joseph of Arimathea was part of the council that had condemned Jesus to death. Joseph DID NOT cast his vote for this outcome. He was a true seeker of the Kingdom of God. I believe he saw the truth of Jesus’ teaching. He believed Jesus’ words about the Kingdom, His Kingdom. But Joseph also knew the determination of the Sanhedrin. Once their minds were made up, there was very little that could stop them.

I wonder when Joseph made his preparations. In our story in Matthew I had him and Nicodemus make plans as soon as Jesus was turned over to Pilate. This is possible but I wonder if he could have been urged by God to start his preparations even earlier, like when the council began to make plans to do away with Jesus. John tells us that Joseph purchased the shroud and Nicodemus the spices the day of Jesus’ crucifixion, but what about the tomb where Jesus was to lay? Read more »

Happy New Year!

Make a joyful noise to the Lord

Make a joyful noise to the Lord

I want to start off by apologizing again for being inconsistent in my posts during this month. The Christmas season has increased the demands on my time, including a LOT of child care. This weekend is another high capacity home time. I find myself entertaining everyone and running out of time to sit and think. Top that off with more noise than a schoolyard at recess.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE having the kids over. But I am once again in need of your forgiveness as I will be missing posting bible study time. I started working on our next reading, but it is bed time already and I am going to have to focus on that for the rest of the night. I will most likely be facing the same thing for the next two nights. I’m hoping to be back up and running Monday night but can’t be sure.

I love sharing with you all but until I can find quiet time, I will be taking a break. I’ll be back strong in the new year. Thank you for your patience and Happy New Year!

 

Taking a short break. Sorry. Be back soon

Handmade Christmas stockings

Christmas at my house

I want to apologize for my periodic skipping of days lately. I am running behind in my Christmas preparations for my family. I have a LARGE family that I try and make homemade gifts for each year. It is getting down to the wire and I find myself working into my writing hours on occasion. Right now though I’m taking a planned break as I’m hosting two of my grandchildren at my home for a few days. I don’t know what each day will end up like and, if I have the time, I will write too. But I enjoy playing with them and watching movies together at night. Please forgive my absence and know that I am thinking about you and God’s word in the meantime.

Be back soon! Love to all!!

So sorry, Doing it again!

Wanted to apologize because I’m skipping out on writing tonight, again. We just came back from a fun time with grandkids and I’m EXHAUSTED! Got home at 9:30 PM, so heading to bed instead of writing. Will see you all tomorrow.