Patrick Henry

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Patrick Henry History September 20, 2013 Prompts: 1) Henry’s speech was a call to action. What did he want his fellow Virginians to do? How did he justify his desire? In what ways did Henry address the concerns of those who did not agree with him? 2) Slavery was a common theme in Henry’s speech. What specific imagery did Henry use to illustrate his message? Why would those images have resonated so strongly with his audience? 3) Throughout his speech, Henry referenced a variety of Biblical themes. What are some of the most striking references Henry used? Why would these themes have resonated with his audience? Patrick Henry gave an incredible speech on March 23, 1775 addressing and expressing the idea of…show more content…
This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus…” (1 Timothy 2:1-15) Later in his speech he mentioned the words, “Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly c:oncern their temporal salvation?” These are the words that ring so profoundly from the book of Mark 8:18. Henry was trying to convey to the listeners to open your eyes and see what is really happening. Even Jesus’ disciples did not see, hear, or understand Jesus clearly. Henry was sending out a warning when he said, “Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss.” He was speaking of a betrayal of death. Remember the story when Jesus was betrayed with a kiss that turned Jesus over to the hands of the chief Sanhedrin priests as a bargain exchange for a measly handful of thirty silver coins which led to Jesus’ death. Judas was right in Jesus’ face daily. He worked with Jesus, and was chose to follow Jesus and to be one of His disciples. Judas handled the money! Henry was telling the people in so many words that the truth

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