1. ὁ δὲ Σαῦλος, but Saul. The temper of the persecutor, however, does not shrink from strange companionship, and the coalition which had been formed against our Lord (Matthew 26:3) was renewed against His followers. No wonder that the lessons burned in on him in that hour of destiny became the centre-point of all his future teaching! (a) This is a sign that Saul's stomach boiled and cast out great threats to murder the disciples. ver. BibliographyTrapp, John. That fact is not to be got rid of. Benson and others, agreeably to Pearson's Chronology, think it was sooner; but the exact time cannot be fixed by any circumstances transmitted to us. "Threatening and slaughter" "Still uttering murderous threats" (TCNT). B. Eerdmans, Publisher, 1966), p. 68. Menace and slaughter constituted at this period of his life the vital air which he exhaled and inhaled. The wonderful History of Saul's Conversion. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. The priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees arrested Peter and John and tried them before the council (4:1-22). "Commentary on Acts 9:1". At the Passover of the year 37 Caiaphas was deposed from the highpriesthood by the Roman prefect, and Jonathan, son of Annas and brother in law of Caiaphas, was put in his place. The phrase here used is an Hebraism; so in Psalm 27:12 יפח חמס, "one that breathes out violence", or cruelty; and this shows the inward disposition of his mind, the rage, wrath, malice, envy, and blood thirstiness he was full of; and is observed to illustrate the riches of divine grace in his conversion. 1878. The lively character of a bloody persecutor: He breathes threatenings and slaughter against the members of Christ. Saul’s Journey to Damascus—Conversion, Acts 9:1-9. Probably Theophilus, the son of Annas, who was made high priest by the Romans in A. D. 37. Acts 22:3, etc., Acts 26:4, etc., 11. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Saul is a young Jewish man from Tarsus, the capital of the Roman province of Cilicia. Greek. Patristic writers and their followers have not unnaturally seen a half-prophetic parallelism between the language of Jacob, "Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil" (Genesis 49:27), and this description of one who gloried in being of that tribe (Philippians 3:5), and bore the name of its great hero-king. It was a journey of some five or six days. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. Ananias’s fears being quieted, he went to the house where for three days Saul had been lying lonely in the dark, fasting, and revolving many things in his heart. "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". Bengel's note on the word "yet" bristly expresses the true state of the case-`Thus, in the utmost fervour of sinning, was he laid hold of and converted.' Not content with carrying his hateful inquisition into the homes of the Christians in Jerusalem, he will follow the fugitives to Damascus. Commentary on Acts 9:1-19 View Bible Text . He is just now becoming a fallen star of Judaism, but the rising star of Christianity. xviii. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/acts-9.html. "Commentary on Acts 9:1". Occurs ten times. He was not persecuting Christians to "prove" to people that he was a faithful Jew, and he was not merely trying to "look good" in the eyes of the Sanhedrin. For Luke puts off until then, as is the wont of Scripture, the narration of many details concerning the whole matter, and concerning the words of Ananias (Acts 22:12-16).— τῷ ἀρχιερεῖ, unto the High Priest) His authority influenced the Jews even at Damascus: Acts 9:14. So Saul got the letters he asked, and some attendants, apparently, to help him in his hunt, and set off for Damascus. "Commentary on Acts 9:1". See Acts 8:3. "Commentary on Acts 9:1". Threatenings and slaughter— ”Menace and murder” it is expressively rendered by Dr. Hackett, but with an alliterative point not contained in the original. Psalm 27:12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. At one moment he is ‘yet breathing threatening and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord,’ and in almost the next he is prone on his face, asking, ‘Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?’ It was not a case of a landslide suddenly sweeping down, but long prepared for by the gradual percolation of water to the slippery understrata, but the solid earth was shaken, and the mountain crashed down in sudden ruin. Acts 9:1. [6] F. F. Bruce, The Book of Acts (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. BibliographyNicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. On this resumptive use of δέ cf. It was the very air he breathed. "Commentary on Acts 9:1". From an obsolete primary pheno; murder. No doubt, the young Pharisee’s head was busy settling what he was to begin with when he entered the city, and was exulting in the thought of how he would harry the meek Christians, when the sudden light shone. Αλλα πνεοντας δορυ και λογχας και λευκολοφους τρυφαλειας. His authority was upheld by the Roman power. The narrative is taken up from ch. "Commentary on Acts 9:1". He lived, as it were, in an atmosphere of threats and slaughter. Is not dislike, if not unconscious disbelief, of sudden conversion at the bottom of this?) BibliographyWesley, John. Acts 26:11 "and being furiously enraged at them". 8; xi. 82: Ες μεσσον συναγον, φονον αλλαλοισι πνεοντες. Saul was now inquisitor haretica pravitatis: away he trots to the high priest for commission to bind heretics, who believed on Jesus, and opposed the traditions of the fathers; and having, as he thought, swept Jerusalem of saints, he resolved next to ransack Damascus, though it was five or six days journey from Jerusalem: However he spurs on, away he goes through fire and water to revenge his malice on the poor members of Jesus Christ. And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord. It is to be remembered, too, that the miracle did not take away Saul’s power of accepting or rejecting the Christ; for he tells Agrippa that he was ‘not disobedient to the heavenly vision.’. How sweet and strange to speaker and hearer would that ‘Brother Saul’ sound! 1. Whilst a persecutor hath in him the breath of his own life, he breathes nothing but death against others: Nothing will satisfy him but the death and destruction of the members of Christ. Lord, master, sir; the Lord. The high priest did it as president of that council. Saul tried to live as he understood the Law of God. Spanheim advances several arguments to prove, that it happened six or seven years after Christ's death, about the fourth year of Caligula, in the year 40.

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