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  • Caetano Barreto on Acts 9:5 - 3 years ago
    Acts 9:5 (KJV)

    What does "it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks" mean ?
  • Chris - In Reply on Acts 9:5 - 3 years ago
    When Jesus spoke these words to Saul, Jesus saw a man who was a leader in the Jewish hierarchy, well-versed in the Scriptures & zealous for the things of God. But Jesus, whom Saul persecuted by hunting down & murdering Christians, was telling him that even with all his knowledge & zeal, he was fighting against God & His Holy Commands. "You think you are for God but actually you are against Him".

    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.

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