By Staci Schefka
“Saul of Tarsus is on his way here!” The messenger’s announcement startled the crowd gathered in the narrow Damascus street. “He received letters from the high priest to find and arrest the followers of Jesus who live in this city. They will be taken to Jerusalem to be tried and sentenced.”
Ananias listened with a heavy heart. His head hung low as he walked back to his house. How often he shuddered when hearing of the great persecution in Jerusalem. There, Saul had “made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.” Acts 8:3. Persecution was so great that many disciples fled to other towns where they could preach the gospel in safety. Unwilling to limit his cruelty to the disciples there, Saul now turned toward Damascus.
Prior to Saul’s arrival, Ananias probably spent much time in prayer because he
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Staci Schefka is a Bible teacher and a pastor’s wife who serves alongside her husband with their two churches in Michigan. Her hobbies include cooking, gardening, exploring the outdoors, and travel.