FRIDAY, JANUARY 30
Scripture: Acts 9:1,2
The Good News translation of Acts 9:1,2 says, “In the meantime Saul kept up his violent threats of murder against the followers of the Lord. He went to the High Priest and asked for letters of introduction to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he should find there any followers of the Way of the Lord, he would be able to arrest them, both men and women, and bring them back to Jerusalem.” It is interesting that the early church, in most Bible translations, is called “The Way”. But apparently, “The Way” was short for “The Way of the Lord”. So the nickname that the early church gained was, “The Way”. Can the reason be because they executed the judgment that comprised the way of the Lord? The way it is translated here in the Good New Translation certainly points in that direction, because that is how it is translated each time it appears. It is amazing to see all of the many verses that the “way of the Lord” appears. There are enough of them to make us realize that it is a very serious issue in both Old and New Testaments!