There’s more to the story about Saul?
I liked it where we left him last week – blind and not eating.
Can’t we just leave him there forever?
I mean, he’s a real meanie.
Okay, I’ll listen.
In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called him in a vision. “Ananias!”
I bet the Lord is warning him about Saul.
He already knows about him?
He’d better start running.
I am listening.
“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.”
I think Ananias is in trouble.
“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 authority from the chief priest to arrest all who call on your name.”
I don’t get it.
If Ananias knows all that, how come he didn’t start running a long time ago?
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.”
Now the Lord’s talking.
Make that mean old Saul suffer.
Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands 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. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.
This isn’t good.
If Saul is going to start eating again that’s less food for me.