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I took some creative liberties with the Introduction as far as Saul's emotions and thoughts as he traveled the road to Damascus in AD 35. The Bible gives us enough information about Saul to surmise what he may have been thinking and what his mood may have been. Allow me to stop here and say this:
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Saul had an impressive pedigree. His resume was bursting with prestigious accomplishments: A Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee, born a Roman Citizen, star pupil of the revered teacher Gamaliel... He was certainly not lacking in the "things to brag about" department.
He was so good, in fact, that he considered it his personal mission to chase down and capture the outlaw band of believers who wouldn't stop preaching Jesus. And in AD 35, that's exactly what he set out to do. Armed with the appropriate credentials, he began the 130+ mile journey from Jerusalem to Damascus.
Where does the term "Selah" fit into all of this? Surprisingly, it not only makes sense when considered alonsgide Saul's journey, but also when considered in our own lives as well. This week, let's take some time to read the Introduction and the section titled Selah to get us started. We'll reconvene here next week to talk about what God is saying to us through His word. I'm looking forward to that!
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