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The Fingerprints of God (6 of 6)
Series: Acts--The Church in Action
Acts 14:15-17; Romans 1:20
I love the old story of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson on a camping trip. After a good meal they lay down for the night and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend. "Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see." Watson replied, "I see millions and millions of stars." Holmes asked, "What does that tell you?"
Watson was forever trying to impress Holmes. The good doctor pondered for a minute. "Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is omnipotent and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow.
"What does it tell you?" Holmes silently shook his head for a minute and then said, "Watson, you meathead. It tells me someone has stolen our tent."
Apparently some things aren't as obvious as they ought to be!
In Acts 14, Paul and Barnabas are mistaken for "gods" when the One True God "confirms the message of his grace by enabling them to do miraculous signs and wonders" (vs. 3). A mob attempts to offer sacrifices to them. The missionaries stop them with these words: "Men, why are you doing this? We too are only men, human like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them. 16In the past, he let all nations go their own way. 17Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy." 18Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them" ( ...
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