Acts 26

“Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”  Jesus when He encountered Paul told him that when he persecuted Christians, he was persecuting Him! Just think we are so closely connected with Jesus that when we suffer because of our proclamation of faith, Jesus takes that personally! Paul explicitly noted this time that the Lord Jesus spoke to him in Aramaic, and that the words he heard included the statement: “It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” This ancient agricultural proverb referred to the pointed sticks used by farmers to move animals along.”Kicking against the goads” was also a Greek proverb about fighting against a god. It is not cited in the other accounts of Paul’s conversion, but it is appropriate in an address to Agrippa, who had an ample Greek education. Clearly Jesus wanted Paul to understand that his war against the Christians was not just against some sect, but God Himself!


  • Jerry

    A couple of thoughts caught me while reading Chapters 25 and 26. First, how much focus there must have been on Paul for him to receive the personal attention of, first, the Governor of the area and then the king, himself. Secondly, how well-spoken Paul was in front of these rulers. Agrippa even told him he had “permission to speak for himself.” Finally, Agrippa’s apparent knowledge of Judaism and the “Way.”

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