Daily Truth bible Study Acts 9:1-21 part 3
We will pick up in verse 6. Saul/Paul responds to Jesus by saying, “Lord, What do you want me to do?” Now that is a fitting response to give to Jesus. The Lord tells Saul to rise and go into the city and wait for instructions.
Watch the reaction of those who traveled with Saul. Now, remember, these people were associates and/or servants of Saul and are still in the old mindset of seeking the Christians out to imprison them. The Bible says these people stood speechless because they heard a voice but saw no one. They helped Saul get up but Saul is blind. Wow, what happened? The people were undoubtedly confused. They heard the voice but saw nothing. And why did Saul fall down? Why was he now blind? Who is this he is calling Lord?
I would bet Saul told quite a story to his friends. But it was not the story they expected. Saul had made a serious 180 degree turn spiritually. What did they think about this? We cannot be sure since scripture does not tell us. However, Saul would go on to tell as many people as possible about Jesus as the Messiah. I would imagine that he told his friends about how he had been wrong to oppose Jesus and that Jesus is really the Messiah the Jews had been awaiting!
Saul was blind for three days and neither ate nor drank. While this was occurring, God was working on the other side of the conversion experience of Saul/Paul. Verse 10 says God spoke to a disciple named Ananias who was in Damascus. Ananias answers, apparently not having a heart attack at hearing a direct call from God, and listens to His instructions. God tells him where to go to find Saul and that Saul will see in a vision that Ananias would come to pray for him to receive his sight.
Verse 13 records Ananias’ concerns. This is a very understandable response. Ananias says something similar to, “Uh, what? Saul of Tarsus? The one who is trying to arrest the saints? The one who hates us? I have heard of this man. Are you sure, Lord?” I’m sure there were many more concerns and fears that are not recorded. Ananias has reasonable fears and concern but he did not know all of the information. God was in control…there was no reason to fear.
Verse 15 says, “But the Lord said to him, Go, for he is a chosen vessel of mine to bear my name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for my name’s sake.”
Ananias is reassured and goes in obedience to God. We do not really have anything with which to compare this situation. We do not hear directly from God in a vocal command. If you did, you could not tell anyone because they would either think you were mad or accuse you of trying to sell books based on lies or sensationalism.
The point is, Ananias had reasonable fears yet he was obedient to God. That is what we should focus upon. Ananias follows through and Saul receives his sight. Saul spent time with the disciples in Damascus and was strengthened after ending his fast.
Saul immediately began preaching to the Jews in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. I can only imagine the confusion. What a conversion. The power of God had converted Saul from a vehement enemy to a faithful preacher. The HUGE change of direction in Saul’s life served as a witness of the power of God.
People who are converted today should also show a change in lifestyle, goals, cares, desires, behaviors, …etc. Why? The Bible is very clear that the ways of the world and the ways of God are diametrically opposed.