Saul/Paul’s adventures after his conversion. Acts 9:19b-31


Acts 9:19b-31

Saul Proclaims Jesus in Synagogues & Saul Escapes from Damascus & Saul in Jerusalem

  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. Paul is “some days” in Damascus and immediately begins presenting Jesus as Messiah and Son of God, thus showing that the Messiah, Jesus, is fully deity.
  8. Paul has to flea now since the Hellenistic Jews in Damascus understood the import of Paul’s message.
  9. “His disciples”—we see this in verse 25 indicating that Paul has attracted others around him. These would support him and see to his well being.
  10. At this point, according to Galatians 1:11-23, Paul goes into Arabia, the ancient Nabataean kingdom, for some period of time. Luke does not present this short departure.
  11. Luke now jumps to Paul’s visit to Jerusalem, also found in Gal. 1, and “attempts” to join with the disciples there.
  12. The early and original disciples, with the apostles, were yet afraid of Paul. This is curious and Luke does not explain their reluctance.
  13. Now Luke brings in Barnabas. He was introduced in Acts 4:36 and now we find Barnabas instrumental in making reconciliation with the church in Jerusalem and Paul. Indeed Barnabas lives up to his nickname, Son of Encouragement.
  14. Paul is boldly preaching Jesus now right in the midst of those who were antagonistic to him. Again, Paul’s enemies want to kill him.
  15. The “brothers” direct Paul to Caesarea and then onto his home in Tarsus. The church grows via the Holy Spirit.


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