From Pastor Perry

11/19/2013 Acts 9:1-9

Acts 9:1–9 (ESV)

The Conversion of Saul

But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

 

The stoning of Stephen had motivated Saul and now he was on a rampage of persecuting Christians.  Scriptures state:"9:1 But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem."  In all honesty, Saul thought he was doing right and pleasing the Lord.  He thought what he was doing was honorable.  He was on his way to Damascus when a miracle happens.  Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”  I find it interesting that when the Lord speaks to Saul, he has to ask "Who are you, Lord?"  Saul was meeting Jesus, the Lord, and Saul does not know him.  Jesus identifies himself to Saul which must have left Saul confused.  Saul was blinded by the Lord's appearance.  I would imagine that the blindness helped him to think about what had happened and come to the realization that he had just met the Lord.  There was help, the Holy Spirit was convicting and converting Saul's heart.

 

I pray: O Lord, you have changed hardened hearts and broken them down.  You do radical heart surgery on people's hearts and minds and change stubborn minds.  I pray for your help in people that I plant seeds of faith in, to convict and convert them to understand the love of Christ and his act on the cross for the forgiveness of sins.  Help me to not get discouraged, but to be motivated to share your love and forgiveness.  Amen.

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