Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.” I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”
In Acts 17:23 Paul noticed that the Greeks worshiped God in ignorance and even had an altar to the “unknown god.” In Romans 1:23 he explained why they did not know God; they had rejected true knowledge of Him. In Colossians 2:9 he shows where the true knowledge of God lies—in Christ, “for in Him all the fullness of deity dwells in bodily form.” The Greeks’ knowledge of God had become fragmented into bits and pieces that were less than true deity. Christ shows what they would look like in their original unity.
COMMENTARY, ACTS 17:23, ROM. 1:23, COL. 2:9
The ancients worshiped what they did not know:
Corruptible men and beasts and creeping things
Enthroned in splendor, deathless. From below,
They scaled the sky with such imaginings,
But for that trip they needed stronger wings.
The glimpses filled their hearts with holy dread;
They could not see the way the King of kings
Joined all the scattered hints into one Head:
Atropos, who snips thread after thread;
Poseidon, master of the raging sea;
Hera of the hearth and marriage bed;
Live-giving power of Persephone;
Aphrodite’s beauty; Ares’ might;
Zeus’s thunder; and Apollo’s light.
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Donald T. Williams, PhD