The Good News of Jesus Christ

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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.

Saul’s Hate

Saul did not stop his threats to kill Christians. In fact, his desire to kill Christians led him to ask for permission to capture and kill Christians. This permission came from the high priest. At any rate, Saul knew the high priest would give him permission to kill Christians. So, Saul’s desire did not differ from the high priest. But why are we talking about Saul instead of the high priest? Well, the high priest was complicit in killing Christians. But Saul was extremely hateful. His hate drove him to take his search to the next level. This next level involved him not relying on his power to kill Christians, but a more powerful religious leader to spread his hate of Christians. So although the high priest had power, Saul was willing to do the dirty work of searching and travelling to kill Christians. Saul did not mind getting his hands dirty in this work. Saul’s hate was not only in his thoughts or words, but his actions. Thus, it is one thing to think of harming a person. It is another thing to take extreme steps to harm others. Still, the desire of Saul to kill Christians was the same as the high priest. Many religious leaders of this day had the same feelings as Saul.

Acts 9:1-2

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