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Thorn

posted Dec 11, 2012, 9:07 PM by David Gerhart   [ updated Dec 12, 2012, 2:47 PM ]
"...  in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me."  2 Corinthians 12:7

The Greek word translated here as thorn means a big stake.  It is a grievous injury.  We suffer great pain, and even after the "thorn" is removed, if it can be, an infection must follow - driving a slow recovery, great ongoing sickness, scarring, disfigurement and even disability.

The evidence and affects of this trial is lifelong.

Metaphorically, in the old testament there is an indication that we have at some point allowed ourselves, for selfish reasons, to permit the irritating vice remain.

“But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live."  Numbers 33:55

It's evident that in some way, our weakness has lent itself to bringing our infliction to us.
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