A Thousand Thorns Piercing His Heart

2 Corinthians 12:2-10 – The 6th Sunday following Pentecost – for Sunday, July 5, 2015

“I was given a thorn in my body because of the outstanding revelations I’ve received so that I wouldn’t be conceited.” (2 Corinthians 12:7)

7780086970_ee1011064d_zFor the most part, I’m glad good ole boy Paul, the apostle once named Saul, was ambiguous about his “thorn in the side.”

Paul believed that thorn was a prickly gift from Satan, and prevented him from being conceited. It punctured the balloon of his vanity; it was the discarded banana skin threatening his next step; it was the “angel” on a shoulder reminding him of his foolishness even as the “devil” on the other side encouraged him to brag about his Christ-inspired revelations and Godly experiences.

Professional and amateur scholars* have wondered about Paul’s thorn for centuries. What was his “problem?” Continue reading →