Stirring the People

Thursday of the Sixth Week in Easter, Year B    Acts 17

Nick reads the one-minute Firestarter.

I draw your attention to a Greek word that occurs only two times in the New Testament. In verse 6, the word anastenazo is used for the accusation that Paul and Silas are “stirring up” the people. The only other time this word is used is in Mark 8:12 where Jesus “sighs deeply” at the demand of the Pharisees for a sign from Jesus. The word connotes a welling up of intense emotion. May the Spirit do the same to you, loosening, and freeing you to be wholly dedicated to God.

The journeys of Paul and Silas continue. They reach Athens, center of pagan religion in the Roman Empire. You will read the sermon that Paul delivered on the Areopagus located on the famous Parthenon. However, no faith comes from Athens. Its pride in being the center of philosophical thought in the ancient world prevents it from being stirred up to faith. There would be no subsequent “Letter of Paul to the Athenians!”

The Reading for Today


Thursdays in the Easter Season are dedicated to the Book of Acts.



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2 thoughts on “Stirring the People

  1. Anastenazo, this is a Greek word I was unfamiliar with. The paucity of its use underlines its strength of meaning. I imagine it would be an appropriate word to use for that involuntary sigh that escapes when our heart and mind are overwhelmed. How extraordinary to experience anastenazo through comunion with the Holy Spirit.

    There are people who walk today with the faith of the Athenians. By that I mean being so intent on making sure they believe in the right thing that they really believe in nothing at all. Some are looking for such perfection of nowledge that they miss the knowledge of perfection, faith in the one true God. What a loss, what pain, even fear they must live with. I pray that God touches themir being so they will now perfection and pure love.

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