2 Cor 12:7 KJV “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.”
So the last few weeks I have been working on a stained glass piece. I call it “Pete the Crow.” Maybe I should have called it “The Messenger.” The more I look at it, the more it reminds me of a thorn. Maybe Peter’s Thorn, and maybe Paul’s as well. Mostly it reminds of joy that comes from suffering. I think each of us Christians have thorns, and I think GOD allows them in our lives. Some have more than others.
I don’t think of satan they way most people do. Most people think of satan as some figure that flies around and “makes” them do evil and terrible things. I don’t believe this to be true. I think this gives man a way to blame their behavior on an external force. Nope! I think satan is much more closer than many of us would like to admit. I think satan is right there inside every person, and always has been since Adam and Eve were in the Garden.
GOD says you were complete in the day that you were formed, and every perfect stone was your covering. I don’t believe GOD is not talking about some archangel. I believe HE is talking about Adam, as the very first High Priest. GOD says iniquity was FOUND in you! This word here for “found” means to acquire knowledge. Adam and Eve did indeed acquire the knowledge of the LAW of Sin and Death by eating of the Tree. JESUS says you were a murderer from the beginning. What did GOD say to the serpent? On your belly you will go, and you will eat dust. GOD is telling Adam you are going to now walk on legs, like a man. You will become flesh, carnal, subject to desire, and carnal lust. You are no longer a Spiritual being! Did you know that legs have bellies? Indeed they do. Both your thighs and calves have bellies. Look it up. Now GOD says you will eat dust. To eat means to consume, to slay even, to destroy and slander-murder. You will become a murderer GOD is saying. You are going to destroy, and slay flesh GOD is saying.
When Ezekiel is describing the Temple he sees a cherub with two faces, a man and a young lion. It’s the two fold nature of man that he is describing. Adam had that. A man and a self righteous spirit in the one vessel. The self righteous spirit is indeed satanic, a serpent, a young lion. If you look up this word in the Greek it is called the dracon, the dragon. Ezekiel 41:19 KJV “So that the face of a man was toward the palm tree on the one side, and the face of a young lion toward the palm tree on the other side: it was made through all the house round about.”
In the Garden, I don’t believe it was a serpent talking to Eve. I believe it was Adam’s self righteous spirit and pride talking to her, that part of him that had taken over. You ask well how could his happen if he was perfect? AHhhhhh. You see GOD took something from Adam to make Eve, and that created a weakness in his defense. It says “Every perfect stone was your covering (defense).” Do you know that the sardius has the same root as the word Adam? I believe GOD took that stone, part of his defense, and made Eve from it! It says GOD took one of Adam’s ribs and closed up the wound. GOD took out a sharp curved thing. You will also notice that a row of stones are missing as compared to the Breast Plate described in Exodus as well. The Ligure, and the Agate, and the Amethyst are missing (the Way, the Truth, and The Life).
So now back to our Messenger. Paul says GOD gave him a thorn in the side, least he be prideful. HE gave him back a thorn, a messenger, tidings. If you look this up it says “to give a thorn”, means to wake or stir or agitate, or bring to mind something. This was not something external to Paul. It was in Paul’s own mind that GOD stirred something up. Now I can’t say what this was that GOD allowed Paul to be tormented in his mind with, but you can be sure it was no doubt related to the pain he had caused before he came to CHRIST. It said it was a messenger of satan to afflict him so that he would not become prideful from the goodness GOD had revealed to him. It was to remind him of his flesh and self righteousness. I am sure Paul did not want to be reminded of it, and wanted it to be removed, and did indeed ask GOD to take it away.
There are many things I am sure we have done in our lives that we wish we could undo or change, thorns in our flesh. I am glad that GOD allows them. Though they may still cause us pain sometimes they do help draw us close to CHRIST and they remind us to rely on HIM only. The thorns keep our self righteousness, our satan in its place so that GOD gets all the glory HE so deserves.
HIS Grace is our shield and our strength. HIS power made perfect in weakness.
GOD BLESS you all and I pray as you start your fall that you will ask GOD to not take away your thorns, but give you HIS unending GRACE!
All Glory and Honour is Yours Almighty father through Your SON, JESUS CHRIST!