My dad has an old movie called “Paul the Apostle”. It tells the story of Paul/Saul then he got converted and suffered many things to be a true follower of Lord Jesus Christ.
Probably the most famous story of the exploits of Saul/Paul is his conversion on the road to Damascus. In there he got a supernatural encounter with Lord Jesus Christ and he became blind for 3 days. He did not eat or drink and I believe he is in the verge of death.
Before Saul/Paul went to Damascus, he is a devout Pharisee and has killed many followers of Lord Jesus Christ.
And it is interesting that in one of Lord Jesus Christ’s woes in Matthew 23, He said:
(verse 16) Woe unto you, you blind guides (Pharisees), which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!
(verse 26) You blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
In Matthew 23, Lord Jesus Christ condemned the Pharisees for many things and yet Lord Jesus Christ chose a Pharisee to be a light unto the Gentiles. It’s amazing how Lord Jesus Christ can turn / change people from their former ways to be used for the glory of Yahweh.
It’s also amazing how Lord Jesus Christ said that Pharisees are like blind guides though they are not physically blind. And here we have Saul of Tarsus now called Paul is a Pharisee and Lord Jesus Christ blinded him physically so that he can truly see! What a great paradox?! Lord Jesus Christ blinded Saul so that he could truly see or believe that Jesus is indeed the Son of Yahweh.
It’s true that God uses physical ailments to make people repent truly from the heart and humble themselves before Lord Jesus Christ. Sometimes pride blind our eyes spiritually. Sometimes traditions of man blind our eyes spiritually.
Matthew 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
So the righteousness of the scribes or Pharisees, Lord Jesus Christ is talking about in Matthew 5:20 is the zeal for studying the Word of Yahweh but not truly doing it. And still Lord Jesus Christ chose Saul despite being a Pharisee.
And I’m just truly amazed even more with these many realizations on why Lord Jesus Christ chose Saul of Tarsus.