The Apostle Paul had an amazing encounter with the risen Lord Jesus Christ on the Damascus road. This was a life-changing encounter which he always referred to in his trials as an Apostle. Saul later known as Paul was persecuting the Church big time until Jesus Christ confronted him on the Damascus road. He made one outstanding statement to Saul, ‘IT IS HARD FOR YOU TO KICK AGAINST THE PRICKS’. Put in another way he said to Saul, ‘YOU CANNOT FIGHT GOD AND WIN’. In my journey as a Christian and as a Minister of the Gospel, I have seen several people fight God’s work and God’s Church but none of them has come out victorious. Fighting God can only lead to self-injury. It can only make you BITTER and not BETTER. You can never fight God’s divine will and win. DON’T TRY IT AT YOUR CHURCH. When Jesus said, ‘IT IS HARD FOR YOU TO KICK AGAINST THE PRICKS’ he was referring to a common proverbial expression or a figure of speech of that time. During those days farmers used metal or wooden pricks to make their oxen to toe the line during plowing. If an ox became stubborn and kicked the pricks, it would get itself injured. Such stubborn animals would eventually co-operate after realising that it was injuring itself because of its stubborn behaviour. Could it be that the pricks were used by the farmer to teach his oxen to walk in the right path thus allow proper plowing of the fields to take place? Similarly God gave each of us CONSCIENCE which pricks us when we divert from the truth. This is the voice of the inner person which always tells us what is wrong and what is right. If your conscience has never said to you, ‘THATS WRONG, THATS WRONG’ it could be that your conscience has been seared as with a hot iron. Without conscience humans become dangerous to other humans. The Hebrew word for this teaching method is LAMAD. God uses his word to prick our conscience thus LAMAD us in his ways. May God raise men and women who obey the voice of conscience.
KICKING AGAINST THE PRICKS (Acts 9:4-5, 26:14)