Daily Devotional

October 15

SAUL, TREMBLING AND ASTONISHED, SAID, LORD, WHAT WILT THOU HAVE ME TO DO?

by Henry T. Vriesen

Acts 9

“Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, and desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light out of heaven: and he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he, trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.”

“And there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias … Arise and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, and hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: and here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call upon thy name. The Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me … And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales; and he received his sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized … And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues that he is the Son of God.”

“And after many days … the Jews took counsel to kill him; but their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him. Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket. And when Saul was come to Jerusalem … the disciples were afraid of him, and believing not that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken to him.”

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