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Why Saul on the Road to Damascus?

So why did God show himself to Saul now? Saul was on the way to Damascus to further his efforts in killing Christians. So why does God confront Saul on the road to Damascus? Saul’s journey to Damascus deserves no praise. It neither seems that if Saul reached Damascus, he would destroy Christianity. In other words, Saul’s efforts to destroy Christianity would fail ultimately. This assumption is fair to make; Christianity was exploding. Christianity, before Saul’s conversion, spread exponentially. In fact, 3,000 people converted to Christianity in one day (Acts 2:41). Thus, it is unlikely Saul would have destroyed Christianity alone. But, as he probably knew, he could scare many people from Christianity. Still, Saul could not have been a threat to the omnipotence of God. God could have killed Saul and solved this problem in one strike. But why did God not do this? Why did God wait until Saul was on his way to Damascus? And why did God show himself to Saul instead of the high priest who gave Saul authority to capture and kill Christians in Damascus?

Insatiable Destroyer

But why was Saul so hateful of Christians? Why did his hate prompt him to kill Christians? His hate already had success killing Christians. But this success did not satisfy him. This insatiable character is mentioned in a passage in Proverbs. In Proverbs, it says that “Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied” (27:20). So, if the eyes of Saul wanted death and destruction, he could not be satisfied with death and destruction. In other words, killing some Christians was would never be enough. How can a person not be satisfied with death and destruction? Well, this insatiable destroyer lives out the intentions of an insatiable Hell. For instance, Scripture says the grave or Hell never says, “Enough” (Proverbs 30:16). So it was this character—to never say enough—in Saul. Such an evil character shows how terrible evil is. Evil and people doing evil will not say enough. They will keep on wanting more and more destruction and death. That is just how evil operates.

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