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The Greatest Questions of the Bible and of Life
What Wilt Thou Have Me to Do? (7 of 18)
Clarence E. Macartney
It is always interesting to look at turning points and
study the forces which have determined the course of a
great life. Here it was a question which changed the
man's life and turned it into new channels. When we
consider who it was that asked the question, and the
results and the issue of the question, we can say that
this was the greatest question ever asked.
Never was there a man who up to that moment felt less
need of asking such a question. Never was there a man
whose path was plainer before him. Never a man more
sure of his purpose and his goal in life or more
determined to reach it. And yet this man was the man
who asked the question: "Lord, what wilt thou have me
From his youth up he had been devoted to the study and
the maintenance of the religion of Israel. Born a
Hebrew of the Hebrews, and of the straitest sect of
the Pharisees, his gifts and his character early
marked him for distinction. He was sent up to study
the sacred law at Jerusalem, where he sat at the feet
of Gamaliel. In the Christian Gospel he saw only a
blasphemous assault on the faith of the fathers, and
in Jesus a wicked impostor. Everywhere he spoke and
acted against the Christian disciples, and at the
stoning of Stephen he held the garments of those who
stoned that first martyr. Against all the followers of
Jesus he was, he tells us, afterwards, "exceedingly
mad," "breathing out threatenings and slaughter"
against them. Because of his zeal and energy he soon
became the chief of the persecutors and the chief of
the enemies of the church. He was not content with his
conquest at Jerusalem, but having heard that the
odious heresy had broken out at Damascus, he started
thither, armed with authority to arrest and drag into
prison those who confessed the name of Jesus. His was
a fury that sp ...
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