Saul Persecutes the Church
Jerusalem as a Boy
Saul is taken to Jerusalem as a boy (see 1 on Map 21) and is taught by Gamaliel, a respected Jewish Pharisee.
Stoning of Stephen
Saul looks after the coats of the men who stone Stephen to death in Jerusalem in 35AD.
Saul leads a violent persecution of the young Christian church in Jerusalem. He goes from house to house, dragging men and women off to prison. When believers are found guilty of what is considered to be ‘blasphemy’, Saul calls for them to be stoned to death.
Saul to Damascus
In 35AD, armed with the Jewish Sanhedrin’s authority to persecute followers of ‘The Way of Salvation’, Saul sets off from Jerusalem to Damascus. Just before reaching Damascus, the risen Lord Jesus appears to Saul – who falls to the ground blinded. He is led by the hand into the city, and spends three days neither eating nor drinking.
Ananias visits Saul
Ananias – a disciple living in Damascus – has a vision of the Lord Jesus who tells him to go to Saul. Ananias has heard of Saul’s reputation and objects, but the Lord says, “Go! I have chosen Saul for an important work. He must tell about me to those who are not Jews, to kings, and to the people of Israel.”
Paul in the Desert
After several days, Paul journeys into the neighboring desert area of Arabia Petraea – probably to seek God quietly in prayer about his future. He then returns to Damascus where he preaches the Good News to the Jewish community for three years.
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