What is the goal for people who do this? What is their purpose? To be ‘in the know’? To be in the ‘in crowd’ ? To be in the ‘in crowd’ of people who are ‘in the know’?
Paul tells them that he has noticed they are very religious in every way. That probably sounded like a compliment.
Paul tells them that he was walking through their many shrines and saw an altar that was designated for an ‘Unknown God’.
“This God, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I’m telling you about,’ he tells them.
The Athenians wanted to cover all their bases so they had filled the city with shrines to every known god and they had added one more in case they had missed any and that one was for the ‘Unknown God’. Do you think they felt something was missing with all of their manmade gods? Were they sensing that there was something more?
It’s awesome when Paul says, “Let me tell you about this Unknown God” and then goes on the explain how God is the Lord of heaven and earth. He himself gives life and breathe to everything and he satisfies every need. For in him we live and move and exist. Their unknown God had sent his truth to them through Paul – now they had to decide whether to believe or not.
Amen! Thank you, dear Father, for making yourself known to us!