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Week 41 Day 7
before Paul was Paul
he was Saul
and in that role
with the name of Saul
but one day
on his way to Damascus
determined to arrest
and imprison still more
he met Jesus
like a blinding light
helped him to see by blinding him
helped him to turn around
and with the aid of
those he persecuted
persuaded him to become a believer too
it is amazing what God can do
with enormous energy
formerly used for evil in Saul
now used for good in Paul
redirecting that energy
to live and share the Good News of Jesus
THE GREAT CONVERSION
A dramatic encounter with God caused a sudden turn-around.
1Saul, breathing threats and murder against the disciples,
went to the high priest 2and asked letters to the synagogues
of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way,
men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
3As he journeyed near Damascus, suddenly a light shone
around him from heaven. 4He fell to the ground, and heard
a voice saying, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?"
5And he said, "Who are you, Lord?" Then the Lord said,
"I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting."
6Trembling and astonished, Saul said, "Lord, what do You
want me to do?" Then the Lord said to him, "Arise and go
into the city, and you will be told what you must do."
7The men who journeyed with him stood speechless,
hearing a voice but seeing no one. 8Saul arose from the
ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one.
They led him by the hand into Damascus. 9He was three
days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
10Ananias, a disciple at Damascus, saw the Lord say in a
vision, 11"Ananias, arise and go to the street called Straight,
and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus,
for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named
Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he
might receive his sight." 13Then Ananias answered, "Lord,
I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he
has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. 14He has authority
to bind all who call on Your name." 15But the Lord said,
"Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name."
17Ananias went and laying his hands on him, said, "Brother
Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent
me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy
Spirit." 18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like
scales; he received his sight, arose and was baptized.
19When he had received food, he was strengthened. Then
Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus.
26When Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the
disciples; but they were all afraid of him. 27So Barnabas took
him and brought him to the apostles. And Paul declared to them
how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken
to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus. 28He
was with them at Jerusalem, coming in and going out. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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