This paper was written for a "History Of The Old Testamnet" class and deals with Acts 9 Versus 1 through 31. The first part of the paper are observations/interpretations of the versus, the second part deals with one sentence summarys of verse blocks. Finally there answers to questions dealing with understanding and interpritation of the text.
1. Verses 1 & 2 discuss Saul's persecution of the Lord and his people which simply makes me chuckle that anyone would take on the power of the Lord or his protected people and followers.
2. The phrase "open mouth, insert foot," comes to mind throughout verses 3-6 because Acts opens with Saul making threats of slaughtering the Lord's followers and now he's on his knees hearing a voice and yet seeing no physical body.
3. I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like to close your eyes one instant and open them the next and still not be able to see.
I don't think I'd be able to accept that my eyes were actually open.
4. I also can't imagine what it would be like to go three days without either food or water. I've tried fasting before and I can usually barley make it 24 hours with drinking water much less 72 without consuming anything.
5. I have always found it interesting how the Lord chooses the people he does to do his bidding. In this case he's not only choosing a disciple of the Lord that Saul was making threats to slaughter, but Jesus chooses a disciple that knows of Saul's reputation. Thus the Lord is not only sending to Saul someone that he was to hate, but someone who is already fearful of Saul because of the stories. For lack of a better...