WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6
Scripture: Acts 9:1-9
In Acts 9:1-2 we read, “Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.” After Saul presided over the death of Stephen he continued breathing out threats and murder. That meant that he killed other people even though we don’t know how many. We can’t really say he was a serial killer, but we can say that Saul was the closest thing to it in the New Testament. There was major persecution of the believers and it was so prevalent that it quickly got God’s attention. At a certain point God decided it was time to intervene. He set a plan in motion that eventually would elevate and instruct the church for all time. His divine intervention put an end to Paul’s persecution. God intervened dramatically with a life-changing encounter between Paul and the Victorious Risen Christ which included Paul being temporarily struck blind. God Almighty stopped Paul in his tracks. God did a ‘suddenly’! In a moment of time we have the conversion of the number one enemy of the church. Suddenly the number one enemy of the church was arrested and halted in his tracks and changed directions. Saul of Tarsus was gloriously saved and the beginning of Paul the Apostle arose and no doubt all the faithful believers in that generation were very, very relieved because he was a major threat and a formidable enemy!