The story of Saul in Acts 9 has two instances of dark and light. Jesus had to end one case of darkness to ready him for the second. Saul’s first darkness was in his thinking, it bound him in the Law. Since he was an up-and-coming star in Judaism, it is probable that he had heard Jesus teach and was one of the many messengers sent to trick Jesus. It is also very likely that Saul was part of the council that sent Jesus to the cross. The light to this darkness is in verse three, it knocked him to the ground. You have to wonder just what he saw as he talked to Jesus?
Saul/Paul’s second dark and light cycle began when he got up from the ground. He opened his eyes and “could see nothing”. That is frightening! (I had that experience due to an eye infection. I just washed my eyes and could see again.) The last thing he saw, for three days, was Jesus in His glory. (TD Jakes has said that he (eyes) may have never recovered from this, but he now had spiritual vision.) Saul went from spiritual and physical darkness to seeing the Light, or from no light to knowing the Light!
Three– Saul’s three was “three days”. He did not eat or drink during this time and the answer to his prayers was – Ananias, being filled with the Holy Spirit, and baptism.
End and Start – Here are some of the things that ended and started.
- Saul -> Paul
- The Law went to Grace. Yes, he stilled honored the traditions of his youth but was not bound to them.
- The hunter became a herald.
- Knowing the Law was replaced with knowing the Law-giver.
FURTHER THOUGHT– Since you have been saved, what is one thing that Jesus showed you that caused a change in how you lived.