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October 17 - Evening

"Paul reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace
day by day with those who happened to be there.
A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers
began to debate with him. Some of them asked,

'What is this babbler trying to say?'

Others remarked,

'He seems to be advocating foreign gods.'

They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. Then they
took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him,

'May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we would like to know what they mean.' "
- Acts 17:17-20

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The Christian Rabbi and the Philosophers of Athens    

Paul enters Athens alone after being dropped of at the harbor of Piraeus, a seaport outside of Berea, by members of the Berean church who helped Paul escape to Athens after Jews from Thessalonica came to Berea looking for him. Paul had previously escaped these Jews in Thessalonica by night after the Jews there started a riot, stirred up a mob, stormed the house of a believer named Jason
and forced Jason in front of an assembly with the city leaders. They said, Paul was “saying that
there is another king” besides Caesar. But, even before Paul had arrived in Thessalonica he had
been beaten and imprisoned in Philippi.

Now after being imprisoned and beaten in Philippi, fleeing a mob of Jews in Thessalonica at night
and escaping by ship from Berea, Paul’s lands in the port of the great Greek city of Athens. Paul enters Athens all alone having left his ministry team in Macedonia. Like always Paul, the rabbi
from Jerusalem who had been educated by the legendary Gamilel, went first to the synagogue
of the Jews where he was more than welcomed to speak. In Athens Paul also went down to the market place to engage in some philosophical discussions that were a cultural norm in Athens, just like street performers are in San Francisco or wanna-be-movie-stars wait tables in Hollywood.

While speaking in the marketplace, or the Greek agora that had been the center of democratic assemblies and debate before the rule of Rome had set in, Paul encounters some Greek
philosophers who at first mock him as a “babbler.” The term “babbler” is the spermologos literally means “seek-picker” or “gutter-sparrow” but was used to refer to people who picked up scraps
of food around the market place. This word became Athenian slang for improperly trained
philosophers who picked up pieces of knowledge in the agora like sparrows picked up the
randomly scattered seeds.

But after further investigations by the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers, it was decided that this “street performer” was ready for the big show in the Areopagus (literal: “hill of Ares”), or Mars Hill. Before Greece was ruled as a democracy the Areopagus was the ruling council that governed the city. In Paul’s day Rome ruled and the Areopagus was once again a place for the governing
body of the city of Athens to meet and discuss issues. Paul was asked to present his ideas
to the philosophers who met in the Areopagus, a 378-foot high rocky hill that was adjacent
to the Acropolis separated by a ravine.

Paul appealed to the general revelation of God found in creation to bring the philosophers of
Athens to a point of realization that God will judge all mankind by a man who he has raised
from the dead. It appears the philosophers were following Paul’s presentation until he mentioned
the resurrection of the dead. Physical resurrection was contrary to basic Greek philosophy so
some mocked Paul’s concept but others found it an interesting topic to discuss and wanted
to hear more. Some of the philosophers understood Paul’s presentation and believed including Dionysius and woman named Damaris.

  Christian Quote from Church History

In an 1852 letter
Daniel Webster quotes Thomas Jefferson as
having said in 1825:
"I have always said, and always will say, that the studious perusal of the sacred volume will make better citizens, better fathers, and better husbands."
- Thomas Jefferson






Something to Ponder??
“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”
– Albert Einstein
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information




Morphe (Gr) - Form (Eng) - the Greek word morphe means "form" or the way a living thing appears. It is used three times in the NT and each time to describe Jesus:
Philippians 2:6 - "the morphe of God"
Philippians 2:7 - "The morphe of a slave"
Mark 16:12 - "Jesus appeared in a different morphe to two of them."


Lucian of Samosata (115-180 AD) was a Greek writer as a satirist and traveled as a speaker. Lucian mentions Jesus and Christians around 150 AD three times in his writings:

1. "He was second only to that one whom they still worship today, the man in Palestine who was crucified because he brought this new form of initiation into the world."

2. "Having convinced themselves that they are immortal and will live forever, the poor wretches despise death and most willingly give themselves to it. Moreover, that first lawgiver of theirs persuaded them that they are all brothers the moment they transgress and deny the Greek gods and begin worshiping that crucified sophist and living by his laws."

3. "They scorn all possessions without distinction and treat them as community property. They accept such things on faith alone, without any evidence. So if a fraudulent and cunning person who knows how to
take advantage of a situation comes among them, he
can make himself rich
in a short time."

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I realize that fulfilling God's will in my life is going to involve sacrifice, work, suffering and time?
Do I understand there is a price that must be paid in being a servant of God?
I will not recoil or hesitate when expected to pay the price to serve God.
  "A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble."
- Proverbs 17:20
Bible Reading Program Details
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Acts 16 Mark 6; Luke 9:1-17
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Property and possessions Fruit and production Food
(Click on "Nation" or "World" headings for
daily updates)
Rwanda - that evangelical missionary groups would be interested in discipleship and not only numbers
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2100-1750 BC Gate at Dan, or Laish

Paul's Second Missionary Journey
49-52 AD

Ancient gate from the days of Abraham through Joseph (2100-1750 BC) at Dan in northern Israel, or fomerly called Laish by the Canaanites who built this gate. Abraham may have used this gate when he went north to defeat the kings from the east. (click on image for larger size)  
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