The Hunter Is Now The Hunted (Judges 5; Acts 9)

“When many days had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him, but their plot became known to Saul.  They were watching the gates day and night in order to kill him,” Acts 9:24

The book of Acts reads as a wonderful narrative of the early days of the church.  Here before us is the glorious story of the power of the gospel in the life of one who was a hunter!

Maybe you ask, “What is wrong with being a hunter?”  The Robinson family (Duck Dynasty) engage in hunting.  This is not the type of hunting I am referring to.  In Acts 9 we see Saul hunting for the members of the church!!!  He was sent with official Jewish backing to extradite Christians back to Jerusalem.  I believe Paul would have been a top terrorist today.

However, things changed in Acts 9.  Here is a suggested outline as you study:

1.  We see a man who was bent on destroying the gospel in Vs: 1-3

2.  We see a man who is broken by the truth of the gospel, Vs: 4-7

3.  We see a man who is born again by the power of the gospel, Vs: 8-31

At this point the hunter becomes the hunted as the Jewish leadership seek to destroy Paul.  Brothers and sisters in Christ, you and I are listed as those who are hunted by a common enemy.  The enemy is concerned with destroying the gospel.

God makes Paul’s purpose clear:  “he was a chosen vessel that was to take the gospel to the Gentiles.” This declaration by God would be adamantly opposed by Satan.  So too does he oppose you and I.

Do not allow this to discourage you.  We have victory in Jesus. Reading the rest of the book of Acts brings assurance of God’s power in every circumstance we face in this journey.

I encourage and plead with you to pray for myself and our missionary team as we leave for Romania today.  Pray for the gospel’s strength during our 10 day stay.  And also pray for your faith in trusting the power of the gospel in your journey today!!!

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