Key of chapter 9 is about the conversion of Saul. He took letters from the High priest of this world to destroy the saints but God stuck him down in the way and later on he received letters from High Priest of above to edify the body of Christ. He was on the way to destroy children of WAY but later on God put him in the same WAY to destroy the schemes of darkness. All power has to bow down before the power from above. That’s why Acts of Apostles is also called has “The Powerhouse” of the bible. If you abide in the rule this power will take you to the higher level but if you do not abide the end will be terrible. Amen!
Verses 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
It was in fact the children of God who was been persecuted but see the Lord identifies himself with His people. Jesus wept when his loved ones cried, In the previous chapters we have seen that when one was stoned but Jesus stood for Him. He show kindness to the crying ones and stand for the helpless. Amen! Psalmist says that ‘ Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered’ When the whole world stand against the saints, God stands for the saints so we conclude here that ‘ If God is with us who can be against us’ in other words if God is with us it doesn’t matter who is against us. Amen!
Verses 10-11In 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.”
This proves that Ananias was praying man; He saw vision while he was praying. Praying man will hear the voice of God, He will receive instructions from the Lord, He will receive guidance from the Lord, and praying man will obey the Lord. Prayer can do wonders. One king saw a dream but he forgot what he has seen but God revealed the dream to the praying man- Daniel. God told to Ananias to go to the house of Judas and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. This was the testimony of God about Saul. God found Saul has praying. What will God testimony about us? Oh, there she is gossiping, oh there he is fighting for the chair. Job led a life according to the standard of God that’s why He asked Satan “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man one who fears God and upright man. Saul heard and obeyed the voice of the Lord and now he is seen has praying and seeing visions. Obedience and humbleness is the main components growing in the Lord. Saul did not rebelled against God saying that he has an authority letters but obeyed the voice he heard and humbled himself. The authority letters which was very important for him earlier but he threw those letters before the voice of the Lord and that’s why he says “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ”. The moment we obey, God starts His works in us. This is the moral of this book ‘The Acts of Apostles’. Samaritan women threw her pot and ran to the town and proclaimed Christ. She became the evangelist in the town of Samaria and many believed and came to Christ because of her. She does not have past experience with Christ but she decided to leave her old life and run towards the voice of God. Our past experience in the Lord does not count at all for the work of God but it is obeying the voice of the Lord and walking with him day by day all that counts.
Verses 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel
Saul was the vessel of this world but he was broken down completely and made into a new vessel now he is no more a vessel of law but he is a vessel of God. The old vessel was broken down with its old form, now no more it is the old thing that’s why God said to Ananias “He is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name”. This is the message for everyone who is called according to His will. We are His vessel to carry His name…Let us not carry the things of this world but carry Him who carried us. That’s why Paul always liked him to mention as prisoner of Christ.
Verses 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized
Ananias laid his hands on Saul and he was filled with the Holy Spirit and immediately Scales of tradition started falling from the eyes of Saul. No one can open the blind eyes by his/her effort but it is by the power of Holy Spirit the scales will be removed. Saul was zealous for the law and he could do anything for the truth he knows but when the power from above was upon him every scale that was hindering to receive the knowledge of God started falling. Scales of tradition, darkness, witchcraft, sickness cannot stand before the power of Holy Spirit all have to fall. Amen!
Verses 36-40 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor.About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!” Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them. 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.
Tabitha is dead so she cannot have the faith but the faith of Peter matters much here. How much faith he should have to raise this dead woman? What did peter do? I want to show 3 things out of these verses
1)Peter sent them all out of the room
2)He got down on his knees and prayed
3)Turning toward the dead woman, he said “ Tabitha Get up”
House was full of people who never expected Tabitha to come back to life. It was impossible in their eyes but here is the man of God who believes she will come back and he knows nothing is impossible for God.
So first the believing Peter cast all doubters out of the room. This is what we need to do….if you find any doubt in you first cast it out through the promise of Word. Now the house which was full of doubters is now full of believing. Secondly, Peter got down on his knees and prayed…There is nothing impossible for a person who knelt before God. Prayer is talking to God. Peter knelt before God and laid his situation before the throne of mercy. Thirdly, He turned toward the dead woman and spoke the words of Faith. He never turned toward the dead initially but he turned toward God. These verses teaches us that Never look the situation first because if you do that you will utterly fail .Here is the secret before turning toward your dead situation turn toward to God and receive the miracle.
God bless you
I will live becoz He lives
Next week chapter 10