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The Superstitious Athenians (10 of 26)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles
TEXT: Acts 17:15-34
INTRODUCTION: Last week, we looked at (17:1-14) and Paul's visit to Thessalonica and Berea. We found that the Bereans were more noble than the Thessalonians, in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind and searched the Scriptures daily, to see if what Paul and Silas taught was true.
Our lesson this evening begins in the city of Athens. In (vs. 14), Paul had left Silas and Timothy in Berea, while he friends accompanied him to Athens. When Paul arrived at Athens and witnessed the spiritual condition of city, he sent word to bring Silas and Timothy to assist him: (vs. 15), "And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens: and receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed, they departed." Then, in (vs. 16), we read; "Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry."
ILLUS: According the Unger's New Bible Dictionary, "Athens was a city named after the patron goddess Athena, and the capital of the important Greek state of Attica, which became the cultural center of the ancient pre-Christian world. It grew up around the 512-foot-high Acropolis and was connected with its seaport Piraeus by long walls in the days of its glory. Tradition carries the fortunes of the city back beyond the time of the Trojan War in the thirteenth century B.C."1
Consider with me two things about Paul's visit to the city of Athens:
I. The Mood of the City
II. The Message of Paul
I. THE MOOD OF THE CITY (VV. 15-21)
When Paul arrived in Athens, the Bible says "...his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry" (vs. 16). The word stirred comes from a Greek word, meaning, exasperated or provoked." Paul was deeply moved and upset when he saw the condition of Athens. Notice a couple of th ...
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