(June 28, 2013)
The fascinating aspect of this chapter is the interplay between the Apostles. These are men who (for the most part) walked with Christ. And yet, they had their differences of understanding of the Gospel. But, for the most part, their differences weren’t matters of contention but of a search for cooperation. Peter, as the leader, spoke first and gave his understanding of what they should do. Others then spoke, and although Peter led he did so only by considering the opinions of those who were his fellow servants.
The exception almost proves the rule. Paul’s contention was the exception to the general understanding and search for cooperation. I have always thought that the thorn in Paul’s flesh might have been lust or something similar, but this mention (plus his history as a zealous destroyer of Christianity before his conversion) lead me to think that perhaps the thorn was anger.