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Read Acts 17:22-31


Tuesday

Read Acts 17:22-31


22 Paul stood up in front of the city council and said, “I see that in every way you Athenians are very religious. 23For as I walked through your city and looked at the places where you worship, I found an altar on which is written, ‘To an Unknown God’. That which you worship, then, even though you do not know it, is what I now proclaim to you. 24God, who made the world and everything in it, is Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples made by human hands. 25Nor does he need anything that we can supply by working for him, since it is he himself who gives life and breath and everything else to everyone. 26From one human being he created all races on earth and made them live throughout the whole earth. He himself fixed beforehand the exact times and the limits of the places where they would live. 27He did this so that they would look for him, and perhaps find him as they felt about for him. Yet God is actually not far from any one of us; 28as someone has said,
      ‘In him we live and move and exist.’
It is as some of your poets have said,
      ‘We too are his children.’
29Since we are God’s children, we should not suppose that his nature is anything like an image of gold or silver or stone, shaped by human art and skill. 30God has overlooked the times when people did not know him, but now he commands all of them everywhere to turn away from their evil ways. 31For he has fixed a day in which he will judge the whole world with justice by means of a man he has chosen. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising that man from death!”

Think


As Paul comments on a statue to an 'unknown God' he draws our attention to a 'known God' - Jesus.  Idols can be controlled by those who create them.  The living God, Jesus - has the last say.  Paul concludes that Jesus will be the judge of all the world.

Pray


Lord, sometimes I forget that you are 'the living God' I talk so much I give you little time to answer; and I don't take the time to get to know you.  To ask what you want of me.  Help me today to open my ears, my mind and my heart to you. 

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