How’s Your Hearing?

Consider carefully what you hear.
                         —Mark 4:24

In just ten verses, Paul’s Areopagus sermon (Acts 17:22–31) touched all the bases from creation to culmination.

There were three reactions to his speech: ridicule, delay, and belief.

Some ridiculed. Paul’s sign-off about judgment and Jesus [resurrection] sparked sneers; “some of them laughed outright” (Phillips).

Some delayed. “We want to hear you again.” That probably didn’t happen: “Paul left the Council” (17:33), and then “left Athens” (18:1). It’s a dangerous day when a person sees truth and delays acceptance.

Some believed. “Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus, also a woman named Damaris, and a number of others.” Dionysius, Damaris, and the anonymous “others” chose belief and obedience.

When you read the Bible or hear a message from it, you respond—probably in one of these three ways.

How’s your hearing?

When people want to believe something
facts and logic aren’t overwhelming obstacles.

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