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July 2, 2018

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Reading along with us in Acts? Here’s today’s reading:

Acts 9 (ESV)

But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank......Continue Reading

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  1. 15But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. 16For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 17So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy SpiriT.”

  2. Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.

  3. I have heard it said that Paul never got over meeting Jesus face to face and that is why he was so sold out to spread the gospel. And what a privilege for Jesus to meet him in this way. It is special that Jesus internalizes our persecution to be an affront to himself. And ananias expresses a bit of faith and courage to go to Paul and trust God’s word that he was changed.

    And Paul just cannot help himself to proclaim and defend the person of Christ after the miracles Jesus has done to and for him! And what a turn of events for the Jews who thought Paul was coming to help them deal with these Christians, and yet he has become one. And now they plan to do to Paul what Paul was going to do to the Christians. Only God could bring about this turn of events.
    And the chapter ends with Peter doing the same miracles Jesus did. Neat! They are following in His pattern!!

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