Recalling a Disciple – Acts 9:1-9, 17-19 – Saul
G – O – A – D – S
See also: 2 Cor. 11:22-23; Gal. 1: 1, 13-47; Acts 26:9-11; Exodus 34:29; Rms. 1:1; I Cor. 15:8-9
Grit – v. 1 — Saul was a man of determination. If you want to get something done find someone with determination
Appearance – vs. 3-4, 7 — It was to Saul but not his companions that the Lord appeared. Sometimes the messages intended for us from God are very personal and heaven-sent. Occasionally I will have an email marked with a read receipt, and the recipient will still ignore the message. Woe to us if we should ignore our personal correspondence from God.
Deity – vs. 5. See Acts 22:8, 10 The Jesus he persecuted was the Jesus to whom he now had to answer. He was ready to declare him as Lord. Saul understood he had kicked against the goads.
Sending – v. 6, 15-16 – The sight that was lost was regained. The disciple was recalled to active duty. If Saul had to go to the Gentiles, then so be it.
Exemplary Story: I recall a history class under a well-known church historian. Too often when I would begin to ask my questions, I would preface them with two little words: “What if . . . ?” The historian reminded me that history is not about what-ifs. We can be grateful that God did call Paul, and we need not ask what if there had been no Paul to evangelize or to write many of the letters of the New Testament. The conversion of Saul is history.