TUESDAY, MARCH 5
Scripture: Acts 8:1-4
In Acts 8:1-4 we are told, “At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison. Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.” Suddenly we find that the church had a major enemy and his name was Saul. This enemy put people in prison and he put some to death. He was leading and orchestrating a major persecution against the church. He was traveling city to city in order to make sure that he could do the maximum amount of devastation and stop the believers preaching about Jesus the Christ. He was committed and zealous in his endeavors no doubt wanting to distinguish himself as a leader of leaders. It is interesting what happened in the early church as full blown persecution came from Saul of Tarsus.