Wednesday, March 1, 2023
“And 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 unto Jerusalem” (Acts 9:1,2 KJV).
Behold, Saul possesses worthless papers!
Saul of Tarsus was a religious scholar, a rabbi or teacher in Judaism. He led Israel’s rebellion against the Lord Jesus Christ during the early Acts period. Let him tell you himself: “I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel [Jewish rabbi/teacher; see Acts 5:34], and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day. And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women. As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished” (Acts 22:3-5).
“I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange [foreign] cities. Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,…” (Acts 26:9-12).
Saul received from Israel’s governing body (Sanhedrin) letters of authority (warrants) to extradite (bring back) the Jewish saints who had fled Jerusalem and taken refuge in Damascus. Mighty Saul, with his extensive education and dreadful legal power, does not know it yet, but he is carrying worthless papers. He will soon be reduced to nothing….