The Conversion of Saul, Acts 9:1-19a, part 1


Acts 9:1-19a

The Conversion of Saul, part 1

  1. Find a quiet place without distractions.
  2. Be comfortably alert, still, and at peace.
  3. Say the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer
  4. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself.
  5. Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.
  6. Reread it. From memory, determine the central points.
  7. We can only wonder at the extreme reaction Saul/Paul had toward the followers of Jesus. Were we that way as well?
  8. There were about 10 synagogues in Damascus at that time; Paul needed the commission of the Council of Israel, which they gave to him. The Sanhedrin was in crisis mode.
  9. On the road to Damascus (Syria), a light from heaven flashes around Paul; God is present right there.
  10. “Why?” Paul are you persecuting Me. To persecute the disciples of Jesus is to persecute Jesus Himself. We are His body after all. (see1 Corinthians 12:27)
  11. Paul’s travelling companions also heard the voice, now utterly stunned, they lead blind Paul into the city.
  12. Ananias, a disciple, God also speaks to in a vision (orama in the Greek), not a trance state, likely while in prayer. He receives instructions about Paul, but he is reluctant since he has heard about the evil Paul was doing.
  13. God’s ways are not our ways, and He has plans for this persecutor. His commission of this “chosen instrument” will be three-fold: preach to Gentiles, kings, and to the “children of Israel.”
  14. Ananias obeys, comes to Paul, lays hands on him, which shows fellowship and a setting aside, a common Jewish practice, and Paul experiences conversion.
  15. At once Paul is baptized. Wish we knew more of this.

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