Acts 9:10 – 18
In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord,.” he answered.
The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. And he has come here with the authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hand on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord — Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here — has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again.
What’s Going On?
Saul has been praying.
Jesus instructs Ananias to go to Saul.
Ananias voices reluctance because of Saul’s reputation of seeking out and arresting Jesus-followers.
What Are We Seeing?
Ananias, in a gold robe, puts a hand of healing on Saul’s head.
Saul has a sword, his symbol of martyrdom.
In the background, someone, possibly a woman looks on.
In the archway of the portico, clouds are above Saul’s head, and a Roman aqueduct connects Ananias and Saul.
Who has helped you to “see” your mission, you as a chosen vessel?