mhm Yeah, good morning and welcome. This is pastor lucy painter with your daily insights and we continue in this wonderful journey of learning about divine experiences. Over the last nine days, we've looked at people who had some of the most dramatic divine experiences in the bible. Everyone we have covered so far had been going through a rough patch in their life when the Lord visited them. But after the experiences, things change so dramatically. Their lives were turned around. They found new purpose is new strength and inspiration. Today we are going to look at paul or soul of taxes as he was known before his encounter with the law. Now soul was a jew of the tribe of Benjamin, born in the modern day Turkey in a place called Tacis but raised in Jerusalem.
He had trained in law under one of the greatest rabbis and thus he considered everything he was doing to be in the name of God. He was the son Hendrix prosecuting a Tony he was, they're prosecuting machine and he read so much havoc in the church, dragging men and women from their houses and committing them to prison on account of their christian faith. He had Condoned the execution of Stevie and had now moved from being a mere spectator to be the agent of death for the jewish authorities, wow. But today, as we read from the book of Acts Chapter nine and it's gonna be a long read, I always tell you that in this daily insight you get a good dose of the word of God. Amen. Here we go. Hour Acts. Chapter nine From verse one, it says that soul still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the way with the men or women he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
As he journeyed he came near Damascus and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven and he felt the ground and had a voice saying to him, Soul! Soul, why are you persecuting me? And he said, who are you Lord? Then the Lord say I am jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the guards, so he trembling and astonished said Lord, what do you want me to do? Then the Lord said to him, arise and go into the city and you'll be told what you must do. And the man who journeyed with him stood speechless. He are in a voice but saying, No one Then saul arose from the ground and when his eyes were open he saw no one but they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus and he was there days without sight and neither age nor a drunk. Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named canonize and to him the Lord said in a vision and nine years and he said, Here I am Lord.
So the Lord said to him arise and go to the street called Straight and inquire at the house of judas for one called soul of taxes. For behold, he is praying and in a vision he has seen a man called Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him so that he might receive his sight. And and then I a said Lord, I have had from many about this man how much harm he has done to his to your saints in Jerusalem and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all recall on your name. But the Lord said to him, go for he is a chosen vessel of mine to bear my name before gentiles kings and the Children of Israel for I will show him how many things he must suffer for my name's sake. And um Nyah's went his way and entered the house and laying his hands on him. He said, Brother Saul, The Lord jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales and he received his sight at once and he arose and was a and was baptized.
So when he had received food he was trended then so spend some days with the disciples at Damascus. Wow! I told you it's a long read, I hope you're still there and you've enjoyed the reading. Look who is the writer of the Book of Acts paints a man so angry, so violent, a man so convinced of his own righteousness. He had no problem killing anyone who didn't share in his beliefs. He was so decided on it that he sought the approval of the highest religious authorities to destroy the church. He was so convinced that he was trying to stop a plague of false religion, a wrong and deceptive religion. He had ravaged the church in Jerusalem and must have been disturbed that rather than die off the prosecution and the scattering caused the charge to spread even further to Damascus.
This man Who had zero interests in seeking jesus. These was a man who had altogether decided to be again as cheeses. But the bible says that as he journeyed, he came near Damascus and suddenly it was time for his divine experience. The light shone around him from heaven, he fell on the ground and he had the voice. The voice was very precise, asking him, why are you persecuting me? And you see when Saul was not seeking jesus Yeah, when Seoul was not for jesus, Jesus sought after him, he was so decided for soul that he went after him when he was hell bent on destroying his church. Soul was just about to fall over the edge in his murderous pursuit. But we see God confronting him before he crossed that line, The bible says that a light shone around him.
He felt, I can imagine how bright that light must have been that would make a man in the middle of the day when the sun is up to fall down in fear, it must have been extraordinary. You know, a kind of light that soul had not seen before. It must have been the kind of light that he was bound to notice because like we have said in the last couple of days when God decides it's time for you to behold his glory, he does it in a way that you don't have to think twice about what is happening. And the bible says that he had the voice speaking to him. You know this was a time when rabbis of the days believe that God no longer talks to people directly. He did in the days like he did in the days of the prophet. And so God chose the most credible way to get souls attention like he did Mosses and the burning bush like he did with Gideon and the sacrifice and the bible says, the Lord called him twice by name.
So so this is a deep display of emotion that we see almost all the time when the Lord calls someone in the world in the bible, he calls their name and when he calls the name, he gets his attention, he told him I am jesus, he is introducing himself to him whom you are persecuting so much like john in the revelation was confronted with his sinful nature and on realization that he had been on the wrong path he opened up his heart to God's will and he says, Lord, what do you want me to do? See the Lord had just told him that it was hard to kick against the gods. You know the God the God was a sharp stick that was jumped on the famine of so that it could comply and on realization that he could not fight against the glory in which he was standing.
Soul was ready for the next stage of his experience. His heart and heart had been undone soft, id, his heart was conquered. He was ready to receive his instruction, his commission and the Lord says arise go into the city, you'll be told what to do. He is a man who has spent most of his life kicking against power. He felt was so mysterious for him and now he's ready to be commanded by the same power. He was a man feared by the entire church as we have seen in an Anaya's response when he was told to go to him but the Lord has soft and his heart enough to make him a vessel or this one's execution machine of the authorities has been ripped oh and he is ready to be used of the Lord and he is going to turn out to be one of the greatest witnesses of jesus christ the same Lord, He had spent so much time of his life.
It's persecuting Yeah, from the most unlikely seed, the Lord brought forth a new life into the church, a new source of energy. A witness whose word No one would doubt. And this is my prayer for you today. May the Lord shine his life down upon us. May he open our eyes to the deceptive convictions we hold in our hearts because sometimes we hold some convictions that are deceptive that hinders from serving the true. Yeah. That we may be able to seek him with the same zeal that he seeks us with. May we receive our visitations before we fall over the edge in our blindness, we have the kind of divine experience that's all had the kind that will open our eyes to our sinful nature and make us receptive of the holy spirit of the Lord.
That we may become worthy vessels for him and worthy witnesses of what his grace can do. Because if he sort out soul at one point, soul says, if it's a record of the sinners, I was achieved scene. I am talking to you today and say, yeah, loves you and he's sticking out. May we be able to open our eyes to our sinful nature and we can make our hearts to be receptive so that we will become v issues that are worthy witnesses. What his girls can do shall um this is faster use a painter with your daily insights and this is Divine Experience, day 10 Shalom.