MONDAY, MARCH 4
Scripture: Acts 7:57-60
In Acts 7:57-60 we read, “Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not charge them with this sin.’ And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” In this passage we get a picture of Saul of Tarsus prior to his salvation and transformation. He was zealous in advancing in Judaism by persecuting and destroying believers. He orchestrated Stephen’s death and began the major persecution of the church that caused the depopulation of Jerusalem. As a result believers were scattered abroad into other regions. Paul’s goal was to advance his career in Judaism at the cost of the early church.