A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
<strong<strong>”Saul’s Conversion”, Acts 9:1) And Saul, yet breathing out threatening’s and slaughter against the Disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 2) And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this Way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. 3) And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined around about him a light from Heaven: 4) And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me? Matthew 25:40; 1Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 5:30. 5) And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I Am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 1Timothy 1:13. 6) And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. 7) And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. Daniel 10:7; Acts 22:9. 8) And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. 9) And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. 10) And there was a certain Disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. 11) And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, Acts 21:39. 12) And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. 13) Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem. 14) And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. 1Corinthians 1:2. 15) But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto Me, to bear My Name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: Romans 1:1; Ephesians 3:7; 2Timothy 1:11. 16) For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake. 2Corinthians 4:9-13. 17) And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightiest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. Acts 22:12. 18) And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. 19) And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the Disciples which were at Damascus. Acts 26:20.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, Saul was still restless in his zeal to defend his Jewish faith from the new, supposedly dangerous Jewish messianic sect (8:3). the Disciples: Christians were originally referred to as “disciples” and “belonging to the Way.” Jesus Himself had used both of these titles (Matthew 28:19; John 14:6). v2, The letters were documents authorizing Saul to arrest Christians in Damascus. Rome permitted the Jewish Sanhedrin to control Jewish affairs. At this time the new Church was a Jewish affair. synagogues: The early believers in Jesus were still attending the synagogues. The synagogues in Damascus had to cooperate with anyone who had the authorization that Saul possessed. Saul planned to take the followers of Jesus back to Jerusalem to stand trial before the Sanhedrin (26:9-11) and probably to face death. v3-9, A light shone that was brighter than the sun and continued to shine around Saul (26:13). The light was so intense that Saul fell to the ground, as did everyone that was with him (26:14). persecuting Me: in persecuting the Church Saul, was persecuting the body of Christ. hearing a voice but seeing no one: The men with Saul, stood speechless hearing the voice but not seeing the individual speaking. to kick against the pricks: or “to resist me”, it is a proverbial expression, taken from beasts that are goaded, who kick against the goads or pricks, and hurt themselves the more thereby. To oppose His Gospel, he would find himself greatly hurt by it. John Gill’s Exposition. when his eyes were opened, he saw no one: Ironically while Saul was blind, he would see his on spiritual blindness. v10, a certain Disciple….. named Ananias was ready and available to be used by God. v11, 12, In ancient Damascus, the street called Straight went from one end of the city to the other. v13, So in Acts, Christians have been called “disciples”, “believers” and “those belonging to the Way” (5:14; 6:1; 9:2). Here the word saints is used. It means those set apart for use in God’s service. v14-17, Jesus, who appeared to you: Saul was not dreaming on the road to Damascus, but instead had seen the Resurrected Lord.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v10-19, A good work was begun in Saul, when he was brought to Christ’s feet with those words, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And never did Christ leave any who were brought to that. Behold, the proud Pharisee, the unmerciful oppressor, the daring blasphemer, prayeth! Even eminent Disciples, like Ananias, sometimes stagger at the commands of the Lord. But it is the Lord’s glory to surpass our scanty expectations, and show that those are vessels of His mercy whom we are apt to consider as objects of His vengeance. The teaching of the Holy Spirit takes away the scales of ignorance and pride from the understanding; then the sinner becomes a new creature. Amen.
John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible – v5, to kick against the pricks: or “to resist me”, it is a proverbial expression, taken from beasts that are goaded, who kick against the goads or pricks, and hurt themselves the more thereby. To oppose His Gospel, he would find himself greatly hurt by it. v18 And immediately there fell from his eyes, as it had been scales,…. Which were little thin skins or films, like the scales of fishes, through the excessive light that shone around him, these, as soon as Ananias put his hands upon him, dropped off; which were an emblem and representation of the scales of ignorance, of himself and of sin. He received sight forthwith; and arose, and was baptized; that is, after Ananias had appointed it to him, as his duty, had pressed him to it, and called upon him to submit to it without delay, Acts 22:16. Hence the ancients used to call baptism by the name of “illumination”, and baptized persons “enlightened” ones. v19 And when he had received meat,…. Which was set before him when he had received his sight, and after he was baptized, of which he had not tasted for three days: he was strengthened; in body. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus; who came from Jerusalem upon the persecution raised against them there; with these Saul continued some few days after his conversion and baptism.