Temples Made by Hands

I had the pleasure to go to Athens, Greece with my friend Philemon Yong from Training Leaders International to help get a theological training program going in this important city. While there we had the chance to go to several key sites, but the most special for me was Mars Hill. It was on that hill that Paul spoke to the religious leaders and philosophers who filled Athens.  Acts 17 is where you can read it in the bible. One point stood out so starkly for me as I stood on that same hill, for to the left towered the Acropolis and I began to recite Paul’s speech. A key line was verses 24-25:

“The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands;
neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all life and breath and all things; (NASB)

That passage came to mind yet again as I saw this site showing some of the most famous temples in the world. And the message today is the same as in the days of Paul,

 “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent,  because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31 NASB)

About Matt Henry

Middle-aged pastor trying to figure out how to be missional in his world. Loves his wife, his children, and his dog Bear. I have a love of woodworking even though woodworking doesn't always love me. The name is xagete but is pronounced exegete.

Posted on March 9, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. What a worship-inspiring experience!

    • Linda, in a way yes, but in another way it was simply sad. So much effort to produce only wrath. Even more sad was the declaration that the time for ignorance was over….and it still is over.

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