1 Chronicles 22-24; Acts 23

Acts 23:1-5 Paul looked intently at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have conducted myself with a perfectly clear conscience before God to this day.” The high priest Ananias ordered his attendants to strike his mouth. Then Paul said to him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall. Do you indeed sit in judgment upon me according to the law and yet in violation of the law order me to be struck?” The attendants said, “Would you revile God’s high priest?” Paul answered, “Brothers, I did not realize he was the high priest. For it is written, ‘You shall not curse a ruler of your people.”’

This is evidence that the “thorn in his flesh” Paul mentions in 2 Corinthians is an eye problem.  Normally the high priest – always conscious of his dignity – would be easy to visually distinguish.  Of course this isn’t definitive, because Ananias might have just finished his pool workout, and was still in his Speedos.  But Acts 23:5 – Paul’s apology – is worth reflecting on when considering commenting on Church leadership.

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