Sunday, 15 October 2017

Important Questions, Simple Answers - 31 Days in Acts


This is Sunday and our 15th day of 31 Days in Acts.

Today we are considering a short portion Acts ch. 9 v. 1-9

At the end of chapter 7 there was a mention of a young man called Saul standing in the background with the cloaks of the men who were stoning Stephen.

Then we have a mention of Saul in chapter 8 at the start of it and we see he plays a big part  in the scattering of the believers to various other places - Good out of Evil.

Today we are back to Saul who is still angry, very angry at the believers.  He wants to go out from Jerusalem and hunt down believers in Damascus and bring them back to face some sort of charges.

When he gets near to Damascus he does not find believers, instead Jesus finds him first.
He is stopped by a bright light and hears these words spoken by Jesus


“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”


and he answers with a question




which is maybe the most important question to ask at this time.

Notably Saul used the word Lord which means that he was in awe and respect of the person behind the voice.

When Jesus replies

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting."


we do not see or hear any disbelief from Saul, just another question

“Lord, what do You want me to do?”


and Jesus gives a simple command


“Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”


Although there is no explanation or hint of what may be to come, Saul obeys the Lord.

We should follow Saul's example because the Lord is the one who is the bringer of truth and the one we should respect and obey.



When we truly have met with Jesus we should follow Saul's example.





I'm trying to read and write about the Book of Acts for 31 Days so please come back and join me for some notes & some thoughts each day. 

As the month goes on each Day's Link will be added in 











5 comments:

  1. It can boggle the mind (and convict the heart) to remember that Saul --who was such a zealot!-- asked questions to God... but not of Him! He simply obeyed! Lord --help me to remember this and to follow Saul-to-Paul's example!

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  2. Saul becoming Paul is one of my favorite passages from the Bible. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. Great point about following even when we don’t know what will happen, that can be such a scary act of faith.

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  4. Isn't it encouraging to read how dramatically his life changed?

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