5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. (Philippians 3:5,6)I wonder what he was thinking the seconds before he met the Lord Jesus Christ . In Acts 8, prior to the road to Damascus incident recorded in Acts 9, Saul(Paul) had known and consented with the death of the wonderful believer Stephen and proceeded to ravage believers everywhere he could.
Just before Stephen died he spoke in a loud voice for everyone to hear including Saul, "Lord, lay not this sin to their charge." What kind of an impression did that have on Saul? There must have been something going on in his mind. The first thing Paul said to Jesus was:"Who art thou, Lord?".
I love Acts 9:17-18:
17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales:The phrase 'as it had been scales' is interesting. He received his sight not only physically, but spiritually as well. There was a clearing of the blindness to the one true God and his son and what it all meant.
There are times when I'm reading the Bible, something just jumps out at me and it gets me to think: "What is God actually saying here?" There are times I am amazed at the simplicity of truth in its beautiful context. Man and religious theology has made things complicated. Mystical gyrations really aren't God's style.