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Paul's Ambition - by Michael Phillips
Study in Romans - Part 26
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Romans 15:15-33
May 01, 2011 am - If you had to describe Paul's character in one word, I'm not sure you could improve on this one: ambitious. The Apostle was an ambitious man, driven in whatever he set out to do. We don't know everything about his life, of course, but what we know is consistent with what I've said. As a young man, Paul was a scholar and a tentmaker. The combination sounds funny to us, but every Jewish man worked with his hands-or knew how to. There was a saying current in Paul's day, and wise parents still live by it- The father who does not teach his son to work, teaches him to steal. Gamaliel was his theological tutor, and his was a name that commanded respect in Israel. Dull or lazy boys did not study with the master, but only the sharpest young men with the best work ethic. This is what Paul was: very smart and even harder working. He makes this point in Galatians 1:14, and he made it to people who could have refuted him if it hadn't been true- And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries, in my own nation, being exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers. We know less about his tent making prowess, but there's enough in his letters to make us think, he threw himself ... More >>>

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