.

Consider 1½ verses (and your memory of what happened).

.

“And Saul was in hearty agreement with putting [Stephen, the first Christian deacon] to death. And on that day a great persecution arose against the church….”

–Acts 8:1-2a (NASB)

 

For more use the DOOR.

.

   [MORE]

.

       Some observations and comments:

.

   (1)  This is Saul who became Paul (see chapter 9). After his dramatic conversion, this gifted academic Jewish scholar wrote about one-half of the New Testament which became the basic “manual” for Christian faith.

   (2)  Stephen was a deacon who left local church responsibilities to become the first (recorded) evangelist after the apostle Peter.

   (3)  Stephen was stoned to death while Saul (Paul) watched. (So unfair to observers back then as well as to Bible readers today!)

   (4)  Stephen, whose face “shown like an angel’s,” infuriated Saul so much that he became an anti-Christian activist who began to jail other Christian believers.

   (5)  It took a supernatural encounter with Jesus to change him–which soon occurred.