(Saul)……and taking food, he was strengthened.
For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus. And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” And all who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called upon this name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?” But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ.
When many days had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him, but their plot became known to Saul. They were watching the gates day and night in order to kill him, but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket.
Comment: Saul marched out of Jerusalem triumphantly with his mind set on killing the Christ followers. He is both blinded and enlightened when Jesus miraculously reveals Himself to him. He now becomes a powerful persuasive preacher of Jesus. Instead of being the hunter, he is now the hunted. The one who set out to be the powerful persecutor of Jesus followers leaves Damascus secretly escaping those intending to murder him ignominiously bucketed out through a little used breach in the city wall!
Prayer: Because we know something of the Saul/Paul story, we thank You, God, that he was not killed at this time.