11 September 2006

St Paul Caught Winking?

Blogging makes one's mind sick. I'm sure there is ample proof of this, but I offer just one piece of evidence:

As I was studying the Epistle to the Hebrews on Sunday, I noticed something strange—and very distracting—in Ch 10:23:

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

Perhaps you don't think anything is weird here. If so, consider yourself healthy and quit blogging before it's too late. But if you are tainted like me, you immediately noticed that Paul winks at the end of that verse. "Why is he winking?" you're asking yourself. "Did he not really mean what he said about the Lord being faithful?"

Now, you may think this is an isolated occurrence and keep reading, only to find Paul up to it again in Ch 11:37-38:
They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:)

What?! Now Paul thinks that martyrdom is something to smile about? (At least he's not, you know, double-smiling;)