Quote-Saul of Tarsus
When you think about this verse, you can learn a lot. Saul was filled with anger and hate towards anyone who left Judaism to follow its fulfillment of Savior, Jesus. Saul, in all his righteous hate, must have been a super prideful person. His pride of being a scholar of the law, must have suffered a deep hit, when his fellow citizens turned to Christ, the fulfillment of the law. What a prideful, arrogant man he was, to have such a desire to destroy people who wouldn’t listen to him. In order for Jesus to reach a mind closed by pride, He had to knock Saul off his high horse. Jesus had to bring Saul to his knees to save Him.
What will Jesus have to do to us, to drive us to our knees, to save us. We need to remember this Proverb,
“Pride goes before destruction.” Proverbs 16:18 NASB
Pride is a deadly sin. The tentacles of a prideful person reach deep into the hearts of those around. These tentacles of pride affect people in the same manor as the pride of Saul. Saul in his pride went out and destruction followed him! Jesus, in His mercy, more for others than Saul, met Saul in a confrontational way. This confrontation saved Saul and gave us the humble Paul, who labored to save souls, not destroy them.
Many religious people are as prideful as Saul. Their pride has left a trail of destruction in the congregations of many churches. I wonder how Jesus is going to knock the prideful off their high horse and bring them to their knees. There is no room in the body of Christ for pride.
Perhaps, you are too prideful to accept Jesus. Learn this proverb.
Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. Proverbs 16:18 NASB
Why, let something bad happen to you? Please, accept Christ today.
Being knocked off my high horse and brought to my knees, was one of the nicest things Christ did to me.