Acts Chapter 9

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Acts 9

1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings 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 round 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?

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.

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.

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,

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.

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:

16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.

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 mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

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.

20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

21 But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?

22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.

23 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him:

24 But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him.

25 Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket.

26 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.

27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.

28 And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.

29 And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.

30 Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.

31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

32 And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.

33 And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy.

34 And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.

35 And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.

36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.

37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.

38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.

39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.

40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

41 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.

42 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.

43 And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.

28 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 9

  1. Hearing a VOICE but seeing no man

    7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
    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,
    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:

    Have you ever asked what happened to Saul assistants. I look at that persecution the same way I see immigration coming after an illegal workers. They come in asking for work papers and you see a lot of people running for their lives for they don’t want to be deported. Saul have been persecuting Christians all his life, he took great pleasure and pride in hi work; but you see greater works will do those that HE left and appointed. There were man with SAUL that heard the exact voice that Saul heard; but there was no change on them they stayed the same better yet they are no longer mentioned. Saul, Why was his sight taken away??? It was not a punishment as other think; but then Saul was put at a vulnerable state, had to be led to find the disciple Ananias. We can clearly hear a little attitude in Ananias voice….. it goes like this: Really? Saul? The same one that killed my cousin or the brother of such and such trying to make the renounce your name? You sure God that Saul???? Who are we to only reach out to those that are dress like us, or not to invite the homeless because they are not always “OK” to come to church, or look at a person and say or think o not them they are beyond help….too addictive, too rebellious, or just plain you don’t like them. IT IS TIME TO OPEN OUR EYES THE SIGNS OUR LORD SAID WE WILL RECOGNIZE ARE ALREADY HERE. SO REACH OUT TO EVERYONE AND INVITE THEM TO CHURCH MAY BE THEY WILL HEAR HIS VOICE AND DO NOTHING LIKE SAUL’S ASSOCIATES, OR MAY BE THEY WILL RUN TO THE MERCY SEAT AND GET BAPTIZED IN JESUS NAME WITH THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST. IT is for every one so go share IT with all without that at the moment of death he may not say NO ONE TOLD ME ABOUT IT!!!!!!

  2. What Faith!!!!

    And as Lydda was nigh unto Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men unto him, entreating him, Delay not to come on unto us.

    But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down and prayed; and turning to the body, he said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes; and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand, and raised her up; and calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. (‭Acts‬ ‭9‬:‭38, 40-41‬ ASV)

    What a manifestation of the Spirit of GOD.

    But as others looked at their circumstances as they had seen the loss of a loved one, it took the faith oftherdisciples to call on Peter( as he was used in the gifts of healing). But their faith was active, they believed, and The Lord heard their prayer, answered, and delivered. They didnt lose faith!

    And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. (‭James‬ ‭5‬:‭15‬ KJV)

  3. 3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round 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?

    26 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.

    40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

    From the conversion of Saul who became Paul to the raising of Tabitha from the dead, this chapter is filled with excitement for the church. The disciples were even afraid Saul was not a disciple, he had to prove himself.
    Many people today are afraid to have to prove themselves, but we have to gain the trust of people. When Saul gained that trust his name was changed to Paul and he became one of the greatest apostles we had. He wrote many books in the new testament and did many mighty exploits for God. God changed Paul with a life changing experience. This just let’s me know God can change anybody!

  4. MORE MIRACLES

    42 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.

    Miracles of healing begat Miracles of Salvation. The sincere Acts of the Apostles were not to gain attention to themselves through fortune and fame, but to direct MORE souls to the Kingdom of GOD through Miracles of healing.

    As we confess and share MORE MIRACLES with those we are acquainted with, we will witness MORE conversions.

    Lets GO on talking about this GOOD WAY, walking with the LORD.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGIve
    iReap

  5. The blinding of Saul shows us how the Lord will get your attention one way or the other and how he can change a life forever. The Master told Ananias in verses 15-16 MSG “…I have picked him as my personal representative….”. To be chosen!

    Even though many did not trust Saul because of his past, he did not allow mans perception to slow him down. Verse 22 MSG “But their suspicions didn’t slow Saul down for even a minute. His momentum was up now and he plowed straight into the opposition, disarming the Damascus Jews and trying to show them that this Jesus was the Messiah.”

    The end of the chapter makes me want to shout “Hallelujah”! The stories of Aeneas and Tabitha are amazing, for we know the God who can do ALL things. Thank you Jesus.

  6. 13 “But Lord,” exclaimed Ananias, “I’ve heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem!
    14 And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon your name.”
    15 But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. (NLT)

    Thank God Ananias was obedient, and despite what he thought about Saul, he went and prayed for him as the Lord asked. How many of us though often make judgements in our head before meeting a person? When we see a new soul walk into the church do we say, “Yikes,” or “Doesn’t look like they want or need Jesus.” Shame if we do because who knows what that person needs or has been through, who knows what they came expecting and looking for. It’s not our place to judge, it’s our job as His servants though to pray for them, ask what it is they’re praying for and show them the goodness of Jesus, and that He is able to do whatever it is they need.

  7. 40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord

    Many people need to see things to believe or have faith in something. As for many lost souls they want to see a miracle to show that God is real. Yes many believers have seen miracles but we believed in God before that because there would be no way to receive that miracle if there was no faith in God. In the verse it says that Peter healed the women and afterwards it was known all over and many people believed in the Lord, this was after a miracle. The people that went to go get Peter that was the true believers that already had faith in God to believe that a miracle would happen and afterwards they told everyone about what God has done! 🙂

  8. 18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

    And was BAPTIZED!!! I have always been taught that you can’t get baptized till you finish a bible study but this verse says and was baptized!!! You need to be baptized to be saved!! Our sins need to be washed away….If the revelation come to you get baptized now because you never know the time or day that Jesus will have us leave this world.

  9. 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.

    Saul acknowledged who Jesus was and was given instructions what to do next. Saul had to come to a place here he would be still and listen. If we will do the same, be still, listen and acknowledge Jesus Christ in our lives, and let Him be Lord of all, He will direct our steps.

  10. Acts 9:18 (NASB Strong’s)
    18 And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized;

    Although Saul was physically blinded this is a reflection of what happens in the spiritual. For someone to be born again they must first realize they are a sinner, then they must repent. They must be granted clear vision.

    It wasn’t until after Ananias preached to him about the Holy Spirit and baptism that he was able to see again. The scales fell off but only after he surrendered himself to the leading of the spirit.

    It isn’t until we surrender ourselves to the leading of his spirit that spiritual scales can fall from our eyes.

  11. 15 But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel.

    One never knows who God will use for his purpose. It doesn’t matter how bad or good you are, God will use you. God will use you if you let him.

  12. 20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

    When we are changed we are changed.

    Thank you Jesus for the change. The change that takes place when you come into our lives. Where we can grow and learn. Live move and have our being. I am a changed person because of Jesus.

  13. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. (‭Acts‬ ‭9‬:‭18‬ KJV)

    This is how it was when we all first experienced and felt the true love of Jesus Christ. We once were blind but now we see his glory and his love and how they can change the world. Thank you Jesus for showing us the way.

  14. Questioning the Lord or authority.

    Acts 9:13 But Ananias replied, “Lord, I have heard from many people about this man, how much harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem,
    Acts 9:14 and here he has authority from the chief priests to imprison all who call on your name!” NET

    Some have stated that you should never question God. This scripture shows that it can be done and illustrates that it isn’t wrong. Another practical side is the “question authority” statement. Some may say that to question authority is to rebel. In some cases that may be true, although I cannot think of any at the top of my head. In battle, it is best not to question it because it delays the time of reaction, which may be crucially important. Nonetheless, questioning is not always a bad thing. It doesn’t imply a lack of faith either. Some people are naturally inquisitive.

    Questioning is not bad. It can be the first step toward truth. It can be the first step toward lies as well. It must be done with caution and done logically.

    We must be quick to decide if time permits questions then or later. Occasionally it is best to do then ask later. This is important in time sensitive situations.

  15. Conversion

    This chapter brings to life the story of the most famous conversion in human history. Coversion is a term we uses freely. What exactly does it mean? The English word comes from the Latin ‘convertere/ conversio, meaning “to turn around.” This is an important starting point. Every conversion involves a turning from sin and self and a turning toward God. Although every conversion has a turning process at its core, no two conversions are the same. Paul was literally stopped in his tracks by God on the way to go persecute His very people. Though our coversions may not have been as dramatic as Saul’s we have a turning we have to make to transform into the men/women of God as he intended us to be. They are as different as the person, their backgrounds, their past sins and their ner relationships with God. Paul’s conversion story is just that- Paul’s- just as our conversion stories are uniquely our own.

  16. 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. 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, And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. 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: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake. (‭Acts‬ ‭9‬:‭10-16‬ KJV)

  17. “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”. One would be wise to never discount anyone, for the Lord (Jesus) chooses the vessel. Dear God, help me to see as you see; “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done”. In God we trust! What a mighty God we serve! Thank God for his word. God bless America, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  18. 18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

    So weird how people can deny the need to be baptized in Jesus name. Most religions baptize as a sign of commitment to Jesus, but to for salvation. As son as Sauls eyes were open, he saw the need to be baptized immediately. One of the most prominent figures in the New Testament knew the need to put on a newness of life in His name.

  19. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! (‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭9‬:‭4-5‬ NLT)

    Sauls reaction

  20. v20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

    Thank you JESUS , HE message and HIS SPIRIT is not for just a select few, but for as many people as the LORD calls

  21. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me ?(‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭9‬:‭4NLT)

    Sauls reaction was simply to fall to the ground but this wasn’t because of honor or reverence,for God,for saul’s was simply a reaction of survival,for he was terrified at the heavenly light.For sauls days were mostly believed that God had no longer spoke to men directly as saul did in the days of the prophets,for however they believed that one could hear the ”echo” of gods voice,for what they called was the daughter of the voice of God,for saul learned that one can hear God directly.For when God repeats a name twice,for it is to display deep emotion by not necessarily anger from God.For God said to saul why are you persecuting me and saul said that as the heavenly light overwhelmed him Saul was confronted by the true nature of his crime,for he presecuted God not men!!! In Jesus Name Amen!!!!

  22. But Peter asked them all to leave the room; then he knelt and prayed. Turning to the body he said, “Get up, Tabitha.” And she opened her eyes! When she saw Peter, she sat up! He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then he called in the widows and all the believers, and he presented her to them alive. (‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭9‬:‭40-41‬ NLT)

    The same Power!

  23. 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.

    Everybody must obey somebody to be anybody… We see here another example of obedience and authority. Saul asks the One with all authority; “Lord, what will thou have me to do?” Sometimes though it takes a road to Damascus experience for us to acknowledge the Lord. Saul wasn’t just anyone. Verse

    14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.

    He was under the authority oh the priests so he carried that authority with him.

    Now, the Lord steps in and Saul becomes Paul and is given new tasks to obey. Praise God that gives us clear example of how to live our lives. Obedience is better than sacrifice

  24. 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,

    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.

    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:

    16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.

    God will ask us to do some pretty crazy things but our obedience to Him is how we can show Him our love.

  25. 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 mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

    18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

    When we receive the Holy Ghost, he peels the scales off our eyes and allows us to see things of the spirit that we couldn’t see before, because before we were spiritual blind but he allows us to see. And this is we need a refreshing of the holy spirit, because the longer we are away from him, the scales start to cover our eyes.

  26. Ananias !!!! 13. Then An-a-ni’-as answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Je-ru’-sa-lem: Acts 9 : 1 14. And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. Acts 7 : 59 15. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gen’-tiles, and kings, and the children of Is’-ra-el: 16. For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake. Acts 20 : 23 I LOVE YOU JESUS !!!! I AM VICTORIOUS !!!!

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