Day 343 of The Bible in a Year: God Uses Paul's Past
We're eating act chapter 22 second Corinthian scepters 9, ten and 11, and proverb receptor 29 versus 5 through 7. The acts of the apostles, chapter 22. Brethren and fathers here the defense which I now make before you. And when they heard that he addressed them in the Hebrew language, they were the more quiet, and he said, I am a Jew, born at tarsus and cilicia. But brought up in this city at the feet of gemal. Educated, according to the strict manner of the law of our fathers, being zealous for God as you all are this day. I persecuted this way to the death, binding and delivering to prison both men and women as the high priest and the whole council of elders bear me witness. From them I received letters to the brethren, and I journeyed to Damascus to take those also who were there and bring them in bonds to Jerusalem to be punished. Paul tells of his conversion. As I made my journey and drew near to Damascus, about noon, a great light from heaven suddenly shown about me. And I fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to me, saw why do you persecute me? And I answered, who are you, lord? And he said to me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting. Now those who were with me saw the light, but did not hear the voice of the one who was speaking to me, and I said, what shall I do, lord? And the lord said to me, rise, and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all that is appointed for you to do. And when I could not see because of the brightness of that light, I was led by the hand by those who were with me, and came into Damascus. And one ananias, a devout man, according to the law, well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, came to me, and standing by me said to me, brother Saul, receive your sight. And in that very hour I received my sight and saw him. And he said, the God of our fathers appointed you to know his will, to see the just one, and to hear a voice from his mouth. For you will be a witness for him to all men of what you have seen and heard. And now, why do you wait? Rise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on his name. Paul tells how he was sent to the gentiles. When I had returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance, and saw him saying to me, make haste, and get quickly out of Jerusalem, because they will not accept your testimony about me. And I said, lord, they themselves know that in every synagogue I imprisoned and beat those who believed in you. And when the blood of Steven, your witness was shed, I also was standing by and approving and keeping the garments of those who killed him. And he said to me, depart, for I will send you far away to the gentiles.