There’s a saying, “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” I am a fool to take on this text, described in one commentary as “nasty”, and by another as
“the most contentious and confrontational scene” in the book of Acts.
Acts is an action movie in print. Luke rushes from one thing to the next, panning over the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean to zoom quickly in on one amazing, often miraculous, resurrection act of one apostle, before moving on to the next with barely a breath or reflection.
When we portrayed this tale together with the children present, I’m afraid I wussed out. I softened Luke’s characterization of Saul of Tarsus a little, making him out to be potentially, “one of us” sincere, but misguided,…
Do you remember, as a child,
being hauled before the parental tribunal to account for some misdemeanor, some disobedient disregard for a prohibition, and hearing that oh so parental question, “Why?!” “Didn’t I tell you not to?”