Acts 22:6-16.. [34AD] 6 “As I was on the road, approaching Damascus about noon, a very bright light from heaven suddenly shone down around me. 7 I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’
8 “‘Who are you, lord?’ I asked.
“And the voice replied, ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, the one you are persecuting.’ 9 The people with me saw the light but didn’t understand the voice speaking to me.
10 “I asked, ‘What should I do, Lord?’
“And the Lord told me, ‘Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told everything you are to do.
Paul turns to his encounter with Jesus on the way to Damascus in vv.6-10. Jesus appeared directly to Paul as the one he was on the way persecute. Jesus told him to go to Damascus and wait.
11 “I was blinded by the intense light and had to be led by the hand to Damascus by my companions. 12 A man named Ananias lived there. He was a godly man, deeply devoted to the law, and well regarded by all the Jews of Damascus. 13 He came and stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, regain your sight.’ And that very moment I could see him!
Paul had to be led as a blind man into Damascus and wait 3 days without anything to eat or drink. Can you imagine the reaction of Ananias when Jesus appeared to him and said go deliver a message to Saul. [Acts 9:10-16] He did not want to go and witness to Saul, but he obeyed the command of Jesus to “go” and had a part in the conversion of Paul.
14 “Then he told me, ‘The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and hear him speak. 15 For you are to be his witness, telling everyone what you have seen and heard. 16 What are you waiting for? Get up and be baptized. Have your sins washed away by calling on the name of the Lord.’
Ananias went to Saul and delivered the message that God had chosen Saul to know His will and to see Jesus and hear Him speak. Saul was to be a witness, sharing what he had seen and heard. At that time [59 AD] the only New Testament books written were probably James and 8 by Paul. B Today we have the entire New Testament to share with people. Then Ananias asks Paul a question “What are you waiting for?” Even though Paul was chosen he had to be saved by “calling on the name of the Lord and having his sins washed away” be baptized and then accept the assignment. Paul was obedient to his calling.
Paul repeated the invitation in Acts 22:15-16 in Romans 10:14,17,9,13. Who so ever will may come. A
Henry Luke 2/16/2018
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