1 Samuel 18:10-11; 19:1
1000 B. C.
Saul, the first king of Israel, abused his authority and viciously pursued and tried to destroy David, who would become the ancestor of the Messiah. God intervened, Saul’s plan was later vanquished, and he was killed in battle.
Acts 8:1-3; 9:1-6
Fast forward a thousand years:
Saul, an Israeli religious scholar (Pharisee), abused his authority and viciously pursued and tried to destroy the fledgling church, the movement begun by the Messiah, the descendant of David. God intervened, Saul’s plan was vanquished, and Saul became Paul–the world’s greatest missionary and apostle of the faith he had tried to destroy.
God’s plan to usher in His kingdom through His Messiah, Jesus Christ, cannot be stopped by mere mortals. You and I must end up like one of the two Sauls–either destroyed while shaking our fist at the King, or humbled and transformed by repentance and faith in the King.
In Matthew 4:17, the the Messiah says, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” How will you answer His command?