Read Acts 9 – Calling all skeptics (as I once was). Saul has been our silent villain for a few chapters now. He was first introduced in 7:58, as Stephen was being stoned, the accusers laid their coats at his feet. In 8:1 he gave approval for Stephen’s murder. Now in chapter 9, the Lord deals with him in an incredible way.
Saul is all set with letters permitting him to persecute Christian men and women when Jesus meets him on the road to Damascus. Jesus asks, “Saul!Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” :4 Beloved, when a believer is hurt for their faith, it is Jesus who is hurt. We do not suffer alone. They have a chat, Saul is blinded and told to go into town. Then Jesus speaks with a believer named Ananias (different from Ananias and Sapphira from chapter 5) in a vision and tells him to go to Saul. Ananias has heard about Saul and questions Jesus (:13). Beloved, questions are not disobedience. Ask your questions, but like Ananias, be obedient to follow Jesus when he confirms.
Meanwhile, Peter is going about the Lord’s business in Lydda. He healed a lame man, Aeneas, by telling him, “Aeneas, Jeusu Christ heals you! Get up, and roll up your sleeping mat!” Notice that Peter takes no credit for the work of Jesus through him. Beware of anyone who does!
Then Peter raises a woman named Tabitha/Dorcas from the dead, and many believe as the news spreads. We are told he stayed there a long time with Simon the tanner… this was a step in the right direction of uniting jews and gentiles. A devout jew would not defile himself by staying with one who handles dead animals. Beloved, we are to lay down any prejudices against people and simply love well, as Jesus does. Love without boundaries.