February 19, 2019
Many Mocked Paul
Acts 17:32-34 (KJB) And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter. 33 So Paul departed from among them. 34 Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
Undoubtedly, Paul ran into all kinds of personalities among the crowds he preached to about the resurrection on his multiple missionary journeys. Not everyone was like him or desired to live a sold out for Christ lifestyle. In fact, some people chose to mock him and his message and to continue living for themselves.
The crowds are no different today than they were in the ancient times in which Paul lived on this earth. Those who have the courage to street preach or go door to door in seeking hearts receptive to the gospel message will tell you they have been mocked a time or two in this wickedly twisted world in which we live.
These men that Paul was speaking to mocked his recount of the resurrection of Christ. Others were not interested in hearing what he had to say today but promised to get back with him another time concerning this matter. What they were really saying is “I do not have time to listen to this today, but I will get back to you when I have time.”
Unfortunately, for many, this free time never comes to fruition. The message is never heard or pondered. We must choose to do what Paul did in moments like this. He walked away and left the doubters and mockers to themselves. Though the crowd who continued to follow was genuinely interested in the message about Christ was small, there were some receptive hearts who heard and believed.
God promises that His message will undoubtedly reach listening ears and change hearts (Isaiah 55:10-11) according to His will. No doubt there will always be wicked leaning people who will make fun of the truth and God’s messengers, but we are to sow seeds and bring the messages anyways.