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Tuesday: Saul in Damascus — 3 Comments

  1. I have always said; "ignorance can kill". Sin blinds us. When we choose not to follow Jesus through the counsels of the Word of God, we become ignorant, blinded to the simplest truths. So many people is the history books of this world have suffered and died because somebody chose not to listen to the counsels of God.
    Psalm 112:1
    Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.
    Psalm 128:1
    Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.
    Isaiah 5:21
    Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
    Psalm 146:8
    The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind
    Isaiah 35:5
    Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

    God takes no delight in Ignorance.
    God chose Paul who was living in ignorance, just like the people that He commissioned him to go out and teach. Just as God opened his eyes to the truth about the Kingdom of God, Paul was to go forth telling the people the truth of Jesus and His Righteousness asking Him to open their eyes also.

  2. Interesting points, Eric. Thanks for sharing.

    What I got from the lesson is something that I have experienced and wondered about for years. God using the most troubled souls as an effective tool for ministry. I wondered if someone who was well seasoned and cultured in a church can truly effective as those who had a spectacular conversion experience e.g. almost died, grew up on drugs, etc..

    Here is Paul, a man passionate for the wrong reasons is chosen and given different matching orders from the most high and goes on to be one of the most effective evangelist for Christ. It is interesting that God at times use someone of a different perspective or background to remind His people what's what.

    The question is when these men or women come into our churches, how do we accept them? Do we ask the question whether they are filled with the Holy Ghost or do we get so caught up with their passion,history, lack of understanding of the church's culture, their directness about the follies of our state.

    It is interesting that he found more resistance from those within and was commissioned to go to the Gentiles. I hope our study of Paul is used a similar manner where we go out and teach and not just keep preaching to the choir and the pews. 🙂

  3. Paul believed in what he was doing with all his heart. Not knowing he was doing the wrong but when he had the experience with Jesus and his ways were shown him he took that same zeal and used it for good. He was going to be the most powerful disciple to witness to the Gentiles. Goes to show sometimes we get caught up in our own plans and we think we are right and sometimes we need to stop and pray and listen to make sure we ourselves are doing what God wants us to do and not what we think He wants us to do.


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