Mistaken Identity –
Just when you think you know someone, that’s when something happens you never saw coming. That’s exactly what happened to Saul on his morning commute to work.
The Pharisee was on his way to Damascus carrying orders from the his superior, Caiaphas. His job was to gather up the rebels there and bring them back to Jerusalem for their blasphemous actions of treason against the temple. During his ride, Saul was met by a blinding flash of light along with an audible voice.
He hears a voice, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me”?
His reply, “Who are you Lord”?
It reminds me of the chorus from Who . . .Well, who are you? Who, who, who, who? I really wanna know . . .
Notice Saul’s question; “Who are you, Lord”? Ok, so Saul knew God. At least up to a point. His experience up to that moment had only delivered him so far in his own journey. Remember who Saul is; a Pharisee unparalleled in his wisdom and knowledge except for his teacher, Gamaliel. He was a highly respected member of the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem.
Saul was also a true religious fanatic. A fanatic is a person who is entrenched in invincible ignorance. He was completely convinced of his own rightness to the degree that he could not see anything beyond it. As wise and knowledgeable as the Pharisee was, he was completely ignorant of what lay beyond his knowledge.
“Who are you, Lord”? People are asking the same question everyday using different words and expressions. Phrases like “Oh, my God”!, “God dammit”!!, “Jesus Christ”!!!! We live in a world where people are echoing the same question while venting their anger. Frankly, I don’t blame them. The ubiquitous reference to God in our daily lives is very interesting, but very sad. It betrays the issue at hand that no one talks about.
Who are you? I really want to know.