The road to Damascus experience of Paul was revelatory. It shone as a bright light. It was an earth changing event. Paul had been reared a Pharisee. We are all completely blinded by the circumstance of birth. One can hardly comprehend the change Paul went through. This transformation to Paul’s sensing, seeing, the intent of their Ancient scribes’ writing. This had been concealed to Paul as a Pharisee. He had thought he had the truth. He had been born and bred into the truth.
Something happened to Paul. His foundations cracked. This traumatic earth-shattering revelation of persecution, mourning and rebirth, good triumphing over bad, was the ascent to heaven eternally hoped. This galvanized his establishment – the Pharisees and Sadducees – whose very existence relied upon the bondage of vox-populi. They were 95% illiterate. John in Revelation mastered the scribes midrashic methodology, something that has never been taught to Christian students.
Together these two witnesses provide stark contrast to the sleeping apostles who believed they saw Christ and thought they could build a Church.
So step by step, precept upon precent the word “reveal” will unfold. We must recall the famous statement “He who set me apart before I was born, and had called me to his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles” – Ga. 1:15-16. The scribes taught a profession, not a sign nor wisdom.
In all ages, as recollected in Isaiah, one has to go to Gentiles – those outside. Paul did well.