- Follow Paul through the experience which he describes.
a. In particular let your imagination dwell clause by clause on the list of sufferings in verses 23-29.
b. Why do you think Paul felt it necessary to ‘boast’ of his experiences?
- Why did Paul believe he had been given the ‘thorn in the flesh’?
What did Paul do about this ‘thorn’ and with what result?
Notice the force of the present tense in the Lord’s reply.
a. What lesson did Paul learn that that changed his whole attitude to trial?
b. Have we begun to understand these things? Cf. Rom. 5:3-5; 1 Pet. 4:14.
- 12:5. Paul contrasts himself, as a passive recipient of divine revelations, with himself in other capacities.
- 12:7. The ‘thorn in my flesh’ seems to have been severe bodily suffering of some kind, but its exact nature is not disclosed.
- 12:9. ‘He said’: better, as in RV, ‘He hath said’- a word of abiding application.