06/26/19 – Acts 17:1-34; Psalm 144:1-15; Proverbs 17:27-28
In our travels with Paul we are now in Greece and in v.16 the world-renowned city of Athens. As Coffman explains: “there were four great contrasting cities dominating the four quadrants of the Roman Empire, Alexandria in Egypt, Jerusalem in Palestine, Athens in Greece, and Rome itself over all.”
And I think we see Paul personify his teaching in 1 Corinthians 9: I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. For in vs. 22-32 we see Paul go from being an evangelist to those with a Jewish background to being a “philosopher” as were many of the Athenians.
And we see the results of his teachings — Acts 17: 34 But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.
Paul’s teaching continues to appeal to all social classes. Dionysius was a member of the Areopagus which was primarily a court court with jurisdiction over cases of homicide and certain other serious crimes. To become a member an candidates conduct was investigated, and if he passed that investigation he became a member of the Areopagus. Tenure was for life.