when many days had passed, the jews plotted to kill him, but their plot became known to saul. they were watching the gates day and night in order to kill him, but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket. — [acts 9:23-25]
a plot to kill
saul understood how these plots worked.
it wasn’t that long ago when he himself had been on the planning end of these plots. saul had started out plotting against believers; seeking them out and dragging them back to jerusalem in chains. now he was one of them, working to evade the very same kind of plot.
the hunter had become the hunted, and the proud man had become humbled.
it is easy to forget that these type of plots still exist. there are believers across our globe who daily fear for their very lives. like saul, they must arrange unique means of coming and going in order to avoid being trapped, confronted, or even killed by those who have made themselves enemies of God.
saul ends up escaping this plot by being smuggled out of the city in a basket. the man who was once so proud in pursuing others was now escaping places in baskets. But make no mistake, he was still pursuing poele, he was just pursuing those who desperately needed to hear of the love of Christ as he had.
Escaping in baskets was not ideal, but it was exactly where God had placed him, and there can be no doubt that saul would have it no other way.
in Christ, he had more confidence, faith, strength, and assurance than he had ever before dreamed of having.
~ jason soroski