“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!