February 03, 2019
They Were All Afraid
Acts 9:26 (KJB) And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.
This verse points to the fear and anxiety at work inside the hearts and minds of these professing men of God. These disciples were taken aback by Paul daring to join in with them as a disciple. They were not hospitable or approachable towards him.
Paul was a man who had relentlessly pursued and persecuted men of God. These men were stuck in the past and not about to believe that Paul now desired to serve alongside them rather than work in opposition. It was even likely these men had been personally on the receiving end of Paul’s former drive to persecute professing Christians.
Paul’s first impressions had left a remarkable imprint upon their mind and heart. Paul’s ruthless actions as a lost man fueled fear among these men not easy for them to overcome, however, they would learn to forgive and forget his former actions because of the will and way of God at work in their lives.