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"Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did".
So Jesus uses a term that Saul would be familiar with, as when an ox herder would use a goad (long stick with a sharp point) to keep his oxen in check. If the ox wanted to disobey its master, he would then feel the piercing & pain of the goad. The "prick" that Jesus spoke of, was this truth: that Saul was trying all his life to kick (or, forcing his own ways/beliefs) against the "real" Truths from God, but now Saul was being confronted by the resurrected Christ & all Saul's obstinacy & rebellion would no longer work because God's "pricks" were now before Him & they can't be avoided. The time had come for him to realize this & truly submit to God: which he did in all his trembling & brokenness.
What does "it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks" mean ?
The Pharisees wanted to persecute everyone who believed in Jesus Christ because Jesus had explained many times the sins of the Pharisees.
They would not believe and repent, but instead attempted to stop any further preaching/believing because Jesus told them to change their sinful ways and traditions which were not of God.
In short, the Pharisees were not serving God, but only serving themselves and their way of life; any belief/worship that changed their ways was persecuted.
He gave us 10 simple guidelines to live our lives. Jesus gave us 2 commandments, which take the place of the 10. If we love each other...we'll fulfill the 10. Simple.
I don't know about you but plenty of people were unfair to me; let me down. I was bleeding out so-to-speak When I came to Jesus. I was crouched on a chair with a vision of hell in my floor and an invisible Hand extended to me, above my head. I grabbed the Hand!! For me that was when life began.
He's not being mean to people. What is it when people ignore their Creator and choose to be spiritually blind and deaf?
I'll show you some mercy...all the babies and little children will be taken to heaven at the rapture of the church, world wide. God will not let them suffer. Read all of the book of John. No skipping around. Is Jesus mean?
Don't be clueless like I was. Just take the Hand of God and walk with Him.
I asked my mother once why she didn't read the Bible. She countered with being baptized as a child and believing in heaven. I asked her why wouldn't you want to know every thing possible about Someone you want to spend eternity with? She began reading her Bible every day. She died 6 months later. I miss her. I'll see her again.
Receive Jesus. Let Him have your past and you take His future.