Thursday, April 30, 2015
Last evening we experienced some unusual light as rain clouds showed up here and there. As it came close to setting, the sun threw this rainbow into the eastern sky.
Once the disciples in Jerusalem were convinced that Paul's conversion was genuine, he was allowed to come and go among them. Like every recent convert to anything, Paul was on fire with his news about Jesus. He argued so fiercely with some of the Jews that they threatened to kill him. The disciples "sent him on his way to Tarsus."
Reading between the lines, I get the impression that they sent him home to Tarsus so the Christians could keep a low profile and spread the Gospel more quietly. They probably also hoped he would cool down.
When Paul surfaces several chapters later in the Acts of the Apostles, he is still on fire.