Pastor's Notes

Starting from Scratch

July 18, 2017

Acts 17 22-23 So Paul took his stand in the open space at the Areopagus and laid it out for them. "It is plain to see that you Athenians take your religion seriously. When I arrived here the other day, I was fascinated with all the shrines I came across. And then I found one inscribed, TO THE GOD NOBODY KNOWS. I'm here to introduce you to this God so you can worship intelligently, know who you're dealing with. 24-29 "The God who made the world and everything in it, this Master of sky and land, doesn't live in custom-made shrines or need the human race to run errands for him, as if he couldn't take care of himself. He makes the creatures; the creatures don't make him. Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn't play hide-and-seek with us. He's not remote; he's near. We live and move in him, can't get away from him! One of your poets said it well: 'We're the God-created.' Well, if we are the God-created, it doesn't make a lot of sense to think we could hire a sculptor to chisel a god out of stone for us, does it?

In these words from Acts 17, we see Paul's words that God made the entire race and made the earth hospitable, "starting from scratch". I thought about those words. I remember my grandmother making biscuits "from scratch". They were the best biscuits I ever tasted. She was famous for her biscuits. She made them 7 days a week for all the years I knew her. She no doubt "evolved" in how she made biscuits. I believe in her early years of making biscuits, they probably were not "perfect" as I knew them. God made us "from scratch". I don't necessarily believe that there were years of trial and error. In fact, you and I are wonderfully made.

I am also drawn to the notion that God doesn't "need" the human race to run errands for him. Indeed! What we do is simply a response to what God has already done so perfectly.

In these days of summer, I encourage you to know God is near and that as we live, we "can't get away from him!" Enjoy each day with God! He is good!

Blessings, Richie

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