Good afternoon, to all my blog buddies, before I start this blog, I want to present you all with a question. If the events in the Bible happened in today’s world, how would the various media outlets around the world tell each story? This is the very task that lies ahead for me, presenting the Bible in a journalistic way. This is what I intend to do for the next 365 days plus. Now I will tell you all something, the number 365 does not matter but the plus sign it does. The reason is because the project I hope will go beyond just delivering Bible News Stories on a daily basis. Today, I would like to present you with the story of Saul of Tarsus.
This is today’s entry in Project Bible 365 Day (01)
Top Jewish Scholar Receives Blinding Revelations While On The Road To Damascus
Investigations are underway concerning an incident that occurred yesterday near the city of Damascus. All but one of the Jewish authorities are speaking with us. The eye witness who chooses not to have his identity revealed said that their lead officer Saul of Tarsus was knocked off his horse and fell to the ground.
After some time he cried out in agony that his sight was taken from him. The Jewish authorities were in Damascus in pursuit of a band of revolutionaries. These revolutionaries state openly to us that there is a new faith in town and it is the only faith that matters. ..
The leaders of the Jewish faith believe that people who lay claim to the new faith must be stopped. These same people who call themselves followers of Jesus Christ are doing the works according to the will of God. The Sanhedrin group of tactical enforcers were put together because the followers of Jesus were believed to have been a disturbance to the temple leaders.
A riot took place near Syria a few days a ago while a young man named Stephen was preaching. There were many onlookers and bystanders who disagreed with his preaching. those in the crowd believe that the young man was causing havoc by speaking not in a traditional way according to the Jewish heritage. Stephen was subsequently stoned to death for his remarks to the the people. Authorities still have no answer and cannot explain as to how Saul of Tarsus became blind while on the road to Damascus. Investigations are continuing.
Now that all my readers know about the story of story of Stephen and Saul it’s now time to consult the best resource for this story The King James Bible. Stephen a new member of the church who being filled with the Holy Ghost began to preach this message to the Jews.
Acts 7:37-60King James Version (KJV)
37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.
38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:
39 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,
40 Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.
42 Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness?
43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.
44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen.
45 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David;
46 Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.
47 But Solomon built him an house.
48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,
49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?
50 Hath not my hand made all these things?
51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:
53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.
54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.
55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,
58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.
59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Now perhaps the greatest moments of the entire sermon are written about in the last few lines of the scriptures located in the versus 56 and the last verse 60. When Stephen spoke about seeing Jesus standing on the right hand of the Father, although Saul did not participate in the stoning of Stephen he didn’t do anything to stop it. However so was there and he did however he was among those who dwell in the crowd. I believe that Saul was haunted by the name of Jesus and this is why when Jesus appeared to him near Damascus they all got angry with Jesus because it is the same Jesus that Stephen spoke about in the sermon. It is the same Jesus that started the revolution that we now call Christianity. It is the same Jesus that drove Saul to pursue the Christians and kill them. AfterSaul was blinded in the desert by the power of God.
Saul realized that he was not above God. Had no other options but humility. Point blank God took him to the potter’s house and molded him in a different shape for a new mission on earth.
After receiving site from a visiting Ananias and being baptized both by water and by the Holy Spirit, after the scales fell off the eyes of Saul his name became Paul and he became a great soul winner for Jesus writing letters that formed the majority of the New Testament of the Bible.
This concludes the story for today in day 1 of project Bible 365. Thanks for reading today’s message and story.