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Apostle Paul


Most of the pictures (images) I have seen of the Old and New Testament characters are what is called “white”, including the “Last Supper” and Paul the apostle.


Many people are ignorant when it comes to why most of these pictures are the color they are, whereas others are aware, yet this is accepted. What’s worse is the acceptance of this evil in the body of Christ (church).


Many people feel lower than others because of the color of their skin, therefore, they believe they are not as good as some others.





Let’s talk about Paul the apostle - Paul confirms his Benjamite roots: “I am of the tribe of Benjamin” (Romans 11:1). As a Benjamite, Paul fulfils Jacob’s prophecy of his son Benjamin devouring the prey by participating in the killing Christians (Acts 7:58-59). Jacob -“Benjamin is a ravenous wolf, in the morning devouring the prey and at evening dividing the spoil?” (Gen 49:27).




What about the false perception’s of Paul complexion -

Then as Paul was about to be led into the barracks, he said to the commander, “May I speak to you?” He replied, “Can you speak Greek?  Are you not the Egyptian who some time ago stirred up a rebellion and led the four thousand assassins out into the wilderness?” But Paul said, “I am a Jew from Tarsus, in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city; and I implore you, permit me to speak to the people (Acts 21:38-39).

 

This is so interesting- every time I see an image of what Paul was supposed to look like, each one was different, therefore each artist had come up with what was in his own mind. That’s some peoples’ way of thinking for whatever the reason may be. It would be better not to come up with something that is so far out of range.


Nobody can help what their complexion is, but how others are treated because their skin tone is different is a horse of a different color.


Treat your fellowman with respect and dignity - Don’t look down on anyone, just run on until you get to the finish line.

Tomorrow - Characterizing Jesus – False Perceptions


~ Betty A. Burnett ~

 

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