- Acts 9:6-10
- Acts 9:6 (KJB)
- 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.
- Trembling - Shaking or quivering
- Astonished - Astounded or amazed
- Saul knew that he was in the presence of deity and was not facing a mere
mortal as he had in the past. His attitude had changed from desiring to
murder all the Christians to “Lord, what will thou have me to do?” Saul was
no longer an unbeliever because he had met the risen Lord. Seeing the risen
Lord was one of the requirements of being classified as an Apostle. Saul was
to rise and go into the city of Damascus. Now he was going in as a disciple
and not as one with murder on his agenda. I guess when someone is trembling
because of the situation Saul was in right now, it would behoove him to move
very humbly. He was directed to go into the city and the Lord would raise
someone up to meet him as he entered.
- Acts 9:7 (KJB)
- And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice,
but seeing no man.
- The Lord wanted to speak with Saul alone and that is why the men who
were with him heard the voice but saw no one. The heavenly visitation was
for Saul alone as he was now being chosen and commissioned as an Apostle of
the Lord Jesus Christ. I am sure the men who were with him were in a state
of terror when this was taking place and were probably perplexed, hearing a
voice and seeing no one. Notice they stood and did not move. Now they hear a
voice but they did not hear the words which the Lord was speaking to Saul.
This is because Saul was the only one given spiritual ears to hear in that
group of men. (John 10:3 KJV) To him the porter openeth; and the
sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them
out. Saul was being led out of the false religion of
Judaism and into the truth of Christianity.
- Acts 9:8 (KJB)
- 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.
- Saul had no doubt shut his eyes because the brightness would have caused
him to do that. When the meeting with Jesus was over, Saul was blinded by
the experience of seeing the glory of God and therefore had to be taken by
the hand into Damascus. He probably was wondering at this time if he would
ever see again? He was probably also wondering why Jesus did not take his
life as judgment for the way he treated His followers. I am sure there were
many things going through the mind of Saul at this time.
- Acts 9:9 (KJB)
- And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
- Saul had remained for three days where he was taken and his sight did
not return to him during that time. It was probably a time of fasting and
prayer for Saul as he did not eat nor drink during this time. His eye sight
was temporarily taken from him but his spiritual sight was probably
increasing as the days went by. He was probably in a mode of fasting and
praying seeking the guidance of the Lord as he probably did not know yet
what had transpired in his life. It was definitely a time of spiritual
- Acts 9:10 (KJB)
- 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,
- Then after the Lord allowed Saul to remain in physical darkness for
three days, he then appears to Ananias in a vision. This was not a dream nor
something out of his imagination. Jesus appeared directly to him. Ananias
quickly responds to the vision in a manner of readiness. This is just like
Samuel when he heard the Lord’s voice and said to him, “Here I am.” This
principle needs to be implanted in every Christian’s life. When the Lord has
a ministry for us, we are to respond immediately and not put it off.