Lesson 51: Saul Blinded by a Great Light
There was a young man named Saul, who is better known by the name Paul. Saul went about sending as many of the believers to prison as he could. Saul thought he was doing God a great service. Saul did not understand the truth about Jesus.
One day Saul received orders from the high priest to go to Damascus and to arrest all of Jesus' disciples he found there and to bring them as prisoners back to Jerusalem. While Paul was on his way there, a strange thing happened. As he came near to Damascus about noon, a very bright light flashed about him out of heaven. Saul fell to the ground and he heard a voice speaking out of the light, "Saul, why persecutest me?" (Acts 9:4-5) Saul asked who it was that spoke to him and what he must do. It was Jesus speaking to him. Jesus told Saul to rise up and to go to the city of Damascus, and he would be told what he must do.
The men who were travelling with Saul stood there afraid. They heard the voice but did not see anybody. When Saul arose, he realized he was blind, so the men led him into the city of Damascus. For three days Saul could not see, neither did he eat or drink anything.
Ananias, who was a disciple, lived in Damascus. God spoke to Ananias and told him what happened to Saul. God told Ananias that He had chosen Saul to do a great work for Him. God instructed Ananias to go and find Saul and to restore his sight to him. Ananias did as God had told him and came to Saul. When Ananias laid his hands on Saul, he received his sight back and he also received the Holy Spirit. Paul was baptized then because he understood how Jesus had come to save everyone who would believe in Jesus.
It was hard at first for the disciples to welcome Paul among them because they had known Paul as one to be feared. But soon they began to see how earnest Paul was to preach the truth about Jesus. Paul worked very hard night and day to teach the people so they too might be saved from their sins and become related to Christ by being baptism.
The Jews in Damascus who did not like the disciples now turned against Paul also. They plotted how they might kill Paul. They watched the gates of the city hoping to catch Paul as he left the city. One night, when Paul wanted to leave, the disciples helped him get away by lowering him over the city wall in a basket, and Paul escaped safely and went to Jerusalem. Barnabus, who was a trusted disciple, took Paul to the apostles and explained to them how Paul had become a disciple and was now their friend.
- What was Saul's name changed to?
- What happend to Saul on the way to Damascus?
- Who spoke to Saul?
- What was the name of the disciple who lived in Damascus?
- What happened to Paul when Ananias laid his hands on him?
- How did Paul escape safely from the Jews at Damascus?
- Who took Paul to the apostles?