The God and Father of the Lord Yeshua, who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.
In Damascus the governor under King Aretas was guarding the city of the Damascenes in order to seize me,
and I was lowered in a basket through a window in the wall and escaped his hands.
Boastfulness, something we take pride in that we want to talk about, shout out to others about how great we are. But Paul chose to boast about his weakness.
It’s an amazing turn of events, at this time in Paul’s life, the Gentiles want to kill him, and the Christian Jews are terrified of him. I see some profound things in this story.
Why did Paul consider this a weakness? I think maybe for the first time in his life he had to depend on someone else to save his life. He had to get in the basket and let go of the wall, he had to give up control and let go. Christians have a saying; “Let go and let God.”
The symbolism of Paul being placed in a basket reminds me of the offering basket we use at church. Made of whicker we place our offering in the basket and let it go, giving it to God.
Paul at the very beginning of his ministry was placed as an offering in a basket and lowered into his ministry, a calling by God, He had no idea where the rope would set him, no clue what he would become to us, a patriarch in the gospel directing generations of Christians to Christ.
What are you holding on to? What can we let go of that will offer us to Christ?