Acts 22:1-8

“Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense.”

When they heard him speak to them in Aramaic, they became very quiet.

Then Paul said: “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. I studied under Gamaliel and was thoroughly trained in the law of our ancestors. I was just as zealous for God as any of you are today. I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison, as the high priest and all the Council can themselves testify. I even obtained letters from them to their associates in Damascus, and went there to bring these people as prisoners to Jerusalem to be punished.

“About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?’

“‘Who are you, Lord?’ I asked.

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One response to “Acts 22:1-8

  1. I lose sight of the fact that the persecutions by Paul were prompted by the church and the priests. These were not the Romans, but people resistant to change and who could care less about truth.

    I have said this before, but I have to continually evaluate myself to make sure that truth is my goal, even when I may be wrong. I must pursue God’s word, and His purposes, and leave my pride and my notions out of my pursuit of God.

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