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A few verses earlier in the same chapter Acts Paul carried a load of wood up to a fire. A serpent came out of the wood and latched onto Paul's arm, but Paul shook the serpent into the fire. The people of Malta said that Paul must be a murder because, even though he had escaped the ship wreck, the gods were punishing him. But Paul did not die, and his arm did not even swell, so they decided Paul must be a god. Again there is the twins theme, again a person's hand or arm is inspected to determine his identity or status, and again there is a wound and therefore blood which is red.
In conclusion, there is a pattern involving all the human twins and half human twins in the Bible which is extremely unlikely to have happened by chance. Luke does not include the story of Doubting Thomas in his Gospel, which you might expect him to if he was intentionally setting up a pattern. Nevertheless, one could attempt to explain the pattern by claiming the writers intentionally created it.
But even if the authors were intentionally creating the pattern, it is still surprising none of the many other authors who wrote the many other books of the Bible related a story involving human twins that did not follow the pattern. The probability that this pattern was recreated in four stories about twins by pure chance is vanishingly small. A Strange Coincidence I discovered the first three stories without much help, using a Bible and a concordance.
The forth case involved some help involving a strange coincidence. The first or second person I showed this to, happened to be doing a careful Bible study on Paul and his trip to Malta. He said, I had not spotted the forth set of twins because the concordance I was using called them something else, probably Castor and Pollux, but not twins. The version of the Bible he was using referred to them as the Twins. That he happened to be doing this intense study of just the section of the Bible I needed seemed like a providential coincidence. This pattern applies to human twins or twins that are part human and part god in the case of the Gemini twins.
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Here is a discussion of the pattern in animal twins. The patterns involving Thomas and twins may be the most impressive, perhaps the second most impressive set of parallels are those that tie together King Saul and the Apostle Saul, better known as Paul. In the Old Testament there is a very similar story about King Saul.
David went to live with Samuel in Ramah at Nai'oth. I Samuel Saul sent agents to capture David but as the approached Nai'oth the agents were overcome by the Holy Spirit and prophesied. They were unable to carry out their mission. This happened three times until King Saul himself went. King Saul stripped off his cloths and lay naked all that day and night at Nai'oth.
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Paul remained blind and similarly helpless for three days until Anini'as healed him. In this case the similarity between New and Old Testament stories is overwhelming. In both cases the object was to capture the servant or servants of God and bring them back to Jerusalem. In both cases the persecutors are overcome by the power of God as they approach the person or people they sought to capture.
Power and Mercy The story of Paul's conversion on the way to Damascus also ties in with two other stories of King Saul's pursuit of David. King Saul with an army of three thousand men chased David around the countryside 1 Samuel Note that the Apostle Paul's conversion experience is in the countryside. King Saul went into a cave to relieve himself.
David was hiding in the recesses of the cave and could easily have killed Saul. Instead he cut off a piece of the border of Saul's cloak. When Saul left the cave David followed him and showed him the piece he had cut off. David argued that he meant Saul no harm because he could have killed Saul in the cave but did not.
Saul agreed and repented of his plan to kill David. On another occasion David again showed Saul that he could have killed him but did not 1 Samuel Saul set out again to kill David with the help of three thousand men. David and one his men crept into Saul's camp when Saul and his men were asleep.
Instead of killing Saul, David took his spear and water jar. Then standing on a mountain a long way from Saul's camp David shouted back to Saul calling Saul's attention to the fact that he had Saul's spear and water jar. By doing this, David proved to King Saul once again that he could have killed him but did not. In the Old Testament stories, David, who foreshadows Jesus, showed that he could have killed Saul but did not, thus demonstrating both power and mercy.
Jesus also demonstrated his power and mercy. He demonstrated his power by blinding Saul and his mercy by healing him. In all cases the man named Saul repented. In the Old Testament King Saul returned to his earlier desire to kill David after the first demonstration of mercy. David moved to Philistine territory after the second reconciliation so King Saul was not given a chance to turn against David after David's second act of mercy.
In the New Testament, Paul's conversion was permanent. It is often the case that the New Testament story is a triumph where the Old Testament story is a tragedy. I am attempting to draw parallels here between these two stories where David showed mercy to Paul and the story of Paul and Jesus on the way to Damascus. Let me note that these parallels are not nearly as strong as the one I showed before, and the others I will point out now.
Speaking to the Dead Still another story which is closely tied to the conversion of Paul is King Saul's visit to the witch at En-dor. King Saul ordered the execution of all who practiced witchcraft. The Apostle Paul persecuted Christians.
Therefore both King Saul and Saul-Paul were persecuting people. King Saul asked the witch at En-dor to call up the Prophet Samuel from the dead.
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Ananias was called upon to heal Paul of his blindness and ultimately to baptize him. In both cases someone from the persecuted group was called upon to help a man named Saul in a supernatural way. Also in both cases the person resists at first because of the obvious danger. They are being asked to help a man named Saul who has been persecuting them.
Furthermore, they will have to reveal to this person who has been persecuting them that they are part of the persecuted group. Finally, both stories involve communication with someone who had experienced physical death, Samuel in the Old Testament and Christ in the New. Many elements of Paul's conversion are foreshadowed in the several stories of King Saul discussed above.
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Also note, Old Testament tragedy often foreshadows New Testament triumph. Rather than be taken captive by his enemies, the Philistines, Saul killed himself with his sword. In the New Testament Acts Paul preferred to remain a captive rather than have his jailer commit suicide. An earthquake shook the prison where Paul and Silas were being held. The doors of the prison flew open, and the chains dropped from the prisoners. The jailer woke up, saw the doors of the prison open, and thinking he would be tortured to death for allowing the prisoners to escape, picked up his sword to kill himself.
But Paul called out, "Don't do yourself any harm: we are all here. This was an almost perfect reversal King Saul's suicide.