Then, as they cried out and tore off their clothes and threw dust into the air, Acts 22:23
I read this verse last night and compared it to Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mt Carmel. (1 Kings 18:25-29)
For some reason my memory told me the Baal followers did the same thing.
I was wrong. The account in 1 Kings says nothing about those people tearing their clothes and throwing dust into the air.
I think the idea of it came from my own preaching.
You see, Israel was in a three year drought. It was hot, dry, and dusty. When the prophets of Baal began dancing and stomping around their altar, I could just imagine the dust they stirred up.
Then also cut themselves and were bleeding and I always imagined them ripping off their clothing to get at their chest or stomach areas.
So with these men hopping around, stirring up dust, and bleeding, in my mind, it became a bloody muddy mess.
This shows what happens when the word of God is embellished. In my mind it became truth.
It makes me realize the reason the Bible should be constantly read and refreshed in my mind. It’s ok to embellish as long as it is stated as “in my opinion” it may have happened this way or that way. But my opinion should never be stated as absolute truth.
Only the Bible can be stated as such.