Meanwhile, Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to The Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Acts 9:1-2
Early Christians referred to themselves as people of The Way. We still do. The Way of Jesus Christ. Saul is on the ‘my way’ which degrades humanity and services the spoils of evil’s needs. He is The Breather Of threats and murder. Pray ” protect us from evil in My Name,” Jesus says.
Saul connives to take the paper authority received from the governor under Aretas the king, to go to Damascus to round up believers in Christ there and murder or take them back to Jerusalem. He is ruthless for the Roman authorities. The Way prays for him in the Spirit’s Power and strength.
Saul wears Roman blinders, acting on cold hearted and stiff necked faithlessness. Of Jewish birth in Tarsus in Cilicia but brought up in Jerusalem at the feet of Gamaliel, educated in the Torah he breaths threats and murder at Jesus’ followers. “Pray for those who persecute you,” our Lord instructs. “I’ll respond,” Jesus says to you. John 11:9-13