"While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, his spirit was troubled within him when he saw that the city was full of idols."
My friend Josh replied with this observation from Acts 17 which I thought was worth sharing:
…it seems when Paul was going through this city, there wasn't war with Jews and those who worshipped other gods. It was only Jesus that put the Jews into a frenzy. They didn't care about the other gods.
What a GREAT observation!
The city was full of idols that apparently didn’t provide enough offense to provoke the Jews to persecute their position.
Perhaps it was indifference or arrogance in their compassion or concern for their Gentile neighbors breaking the second commandment.
Perhaps it was because these alternate religions were not directly indicating anything about the Jews’ God.
Either way, things seemed to be alright until Paul strolled into town proclaiming Jesus as God’s Son sacrificed and resurrected on our behalf.