Remember that we spoke of Moses in a basket; well now we have an adult and a basket. Paul the Apostle had been saved while preparing to destroy the church that was multiplying in Damascus, and he had letters certifying that he was on a legal assignment. Jesus appeared to him in the form of a great light and he fell to the ground. After a few pointed words, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting”, he was blinded, led into Damascus to a man named Ananias who laid his hands on Paul, addressed him: “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
In the verse 18 and 19 of Acts 9, we read: “And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized; and he took food and was strengthened. Now for several days he was with the disciples who were at Damascus”. He immediately “began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.”
As the opposition to his newfound ministry strengthened, and his own background gave him deep insight into prophetic interpretation concerning the Messiah, more and more people were turning to Jesus. Naturally, in such an atmosphere, the Jewish leaders decided to rid themselves of this man, devising a plan to do away with him.
Paul was alerted to the plot even though they watched the gates day and night? God allowed the brethren to plan a way for his escape. They “took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a large basket.”
When the Lord provides a way of escape, it may not be the most stylish of the hour, but it is a way out. Remember what He did for the Hebrew spies when they searched out Jericho? God provided a sympathetic Rahab (Joshua 2) who let them down with a rope and told them what to do for their safety and then for the Israelites when they determined to take Jericho. If you plan to be involved in the work of the Lord, do not expect comfort.
I have swung in a bosons chair close to a hundred feet, (when younger) but never a basket. I am not certain that I would have my eyes open if I was forced to use that as a method of escape today. I have to admit that I have had enough encounters over the years that God gave me peace when I needed it.
God still had a lot of work for the apostle to do and so there was the elevator to the ground floor. I have often wondered how many things from which He has rescued me without my knowing. They tell me that more books are written about the Apostle Paul than any other individual. You see how it started and you have to believe what God said to Him at the outset!
To God Be the Glory!