Wednesday, March 21, 2012 7:33 AM

Into the Desert (Elijah, Moses, and Paul)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 7:33 AM
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 7:33 AM

Gal1.15 But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, 16 was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone; 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.

Lightfoot describes the Apostle Paul’s journey into the desert after his conversion on the road to Damascus. Lightfoot sees great significance in the location and recites how two other great figures of the Bible also went into this same area of the desert.

Thus in the wilderness of Sinai, as on the Mount of the transfiguration, the three dispensations met in one. Here Moses had received the tables of the law amid fire and tempest and thick darkness. Here again Elijah, the prophet, listened to the voice of God, and sped forth refreshed on his mission of righteousness where he will come as a herald one great day to announce the return of the Christ. And here, in the fullness of time, St Paul, the greatest preacher of Him of whom both the law and the prophets spoke, was strengthened and sanctified for his great work, was taught the breadth as well as the depth of the riches of God’s wisdom, and transformed from the champion of a bigoted and narrow tradition into the large-hearted Apostle of the Gentiles.[1]


[1] St. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians. A revised text with introduction, notes, and dissertations. 1874 (J. B. Lightfoot, Ed.) (4th ed.) (89). London: Macmillan and co.

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