Thursday, February 11, 2016
“And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink” (Acts 9:8,9 KJV).
A blind man… who can see!
Saul of Tarsus, filled with religious pride and hatred, eager to persecute Messianic Jews, was heading toward Damascus. A bright light from heaven suddenly shown about him; he said many years later in Acts 22:11, “I could not see for the glory of that light.” That light was “above the brightness of the sun” (Acts 26:13). He was blind for three days. Mysterious “scales” (flakes) covered his eyes (Acts 9:18)—they might have had some permanent impact (Galatians 4:13-15)?
Verse 11, after today’s Scripture, says that Saul, now blind, prayed. We can only wonder what he prayed. Surely, he had never prayed so fervently in all his life! Messianic believers throughout Palestine had been so fearful of him. He could imprison them, torture them, and even sentence them to death (cf. Acts 9:13,14; Acts 8:1-4; Acts 26:9-11). Now, for the first time ever, Saul was helpless, unable to see, needing people to lead him around. He was also humbled, now a saved man, having realized that the Jesus of Nazareth he hated was the Son of God and the Saviour his religion could not be.
For several years, Saul of Tarsus was a religious fanatic. Enjoying physical sight, he was completely blind concerning spiritual matters. Satan used religious works to blind his mind, preventing him from seeing God’s light and believing the Gospel of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:3,4). Like so many today, Saul thought he could find his righteousness in the Mosaic Law, thereby not submitting to the righteousness of God (Romans 10:1-3). One day, God zapped his physical sight, and Saul never saw things clearer. He finally realized that all of his righteousness was a filthy rag, dung, worthless waste, useless (Philippians 3:3-9).
The Apostle Paul, until his dying day, never forgot his traumatic experience outside of Damascus—his unmatched blindness that came with unparalleled sight!
Our latest Bible Q&A: “Do we have guardian angels?”