Scripture: Acts 9

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Saul’s Conversion

Acts 9:1-19a (KJV) And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 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. 3And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?” 5And 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.”  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.”  And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.  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.  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.

Questions:

1. For what did Saul ask the high priest (Acts 9:1-2)?

2. What happened to Saul (Acts 9:3)?

3. What did Saul hear (Acts 9:4)?

4. What did Saul say and what was said to him (Acts 9:5)?

5. How did Saul respond and what was told to do (Acts 9:6)?

6. What happened next (Acts 9:8-9)?

7. What did the Lord instruct a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias to do (Acts 9:11-12)?

8. How did Ananias respond to the Lord (Acts 9:13-14)?

9. How did the Lord respond to Ananias (Act 9:15-16)?

10. So then what did Ananias do (Acts 9:17)?

11. What happened to Saul (Acts 9:18-19)?

Answers:

1. Saul went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belong to the Way (believers in Christ), whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 

2. As Saul journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven.

3. Saul fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me? “

4. Saul 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.”

5. Saul 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.” 

6. 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.  And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

7. The Lord told Ananias, “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.”

8. Ananias answered that he had heard about how much evil Saul had done to the saints at Jerusalem.  And Saul had the authority from the chief priests to bind all those who called on the Lord’s name.  

9. The Lord said, “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.”

10. Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on Saul 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. 

11. Immediately there fell from Saul’s eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. And when he had received meat, he was strengthened.

Saul In Damascus And Jerusalem

Acts 9:19b-31 (KJV) 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, 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. 

Questions:

1. What did Saul do in the synagogues (Acts 9:20)?

2. What effect did Saul’s preaching have (Acts (9:22)?

3. Because Saul learned of the plans to kill him, what did the disciples do (Acts 9:23-25)?

4. What was their response when Saul tried to join the disciples in Jerusalem (Acts 9:26)?

5. What did Barnabas do (Acts 9:27)?

6. What was the results (Acts 9:28)?

7. When the Grecians sought to slay Saul what did the brethren do (Acts 9:29-30)?

8. What happened to the churches throughout all Judaea, Galilee and Samaria (Acts 9:31)?

Answers:

1. Saul straightway began preaching in the synagogues that Christ was the Son of God.

2. Saul increased the more in strength and confounded the Jews which lived at Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ.

3. The disciples took Saul by night and lowered him down by the wall in a basket.

4. The disciples were afraid of Saul and didn’t believe he was a disciple.

5. Barnabas took Saul, 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.

6. Saul was able to travel with the other disciples.

7. The brethren brought Saul down to Caesarea and sent him forth to Tarsus.

8. Then the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria. The church was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Ghost (Spirit), it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord. 

Aeneas And Dorcas

Acts 9:32-43 (KJV) 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 alms deeds 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.

Questions:

1. What was the condition of the man Peter meet in Lydda (Acts 9:32-33)?

2. What did Peter say to Aeneas and what happened (Acts 9:34)?

3. How did those in Lydda and Saron respond (Acts 9:35)?

4. Who was sick, died, and laid in an upper chamber in Joppa (Acts 9:36-37)?

5. When Peter heard about Tabitha what did he do (Acts 9:38-40a)?

6. What happened then (Acts 9:40b-41)?

7. What happened when this miracle was known throughout all Joppa (Acts 9:42)?

Answers:

1. The man Peter met, Aeneas, had been bed ridden for eight years and was sick of the palsy.

2. Peter said to Aeneas, “Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed.” And Aeneas arose immediately.

3. All that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him and turned to the Lord.

4. Tabitha, a woman full of good works and alms deeds had been sick, died and was laid in an upper chamber.

5. Peter went to Joppa.  He went into the chamber where Tabitha laid. He sent all the weeping widows out of the room. He kneeled down and prayed and turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, arise.”

6. Tabitha opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.  And Peter gave Tabitha his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive. 

7. When this miracle was known throughout all Joppa, many believed in the Lord.

HEAR the WORD

Acts 9:3-6 And as Saul journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?”  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.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  My Bible notes: Saul was confronted by the risen Christ and brought face to face with the truth of the gospel. Saul thought he was pursuing heretics (people holding an opinion at odds with what is generally accepted), but he was persecuting Jesus Himself.  Anyone who persecutes believers today is guilty of persecuting Jesus because believers are the body of Christ on earth.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Acts 9:31 (NIV) Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria, enjoyed a time of peace.  It was strengthened and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Sometimes God will break into someone’s life in a spectacular manner, but sometimes conversion is a quiet experience. 

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We should share our faith and let others know that conversion can be spectacular or quiet or somewhere in between. God makes the choice not us.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will not persecute fellow believers for in doing so we’re persecuting You (Acts 9:5).  Lord, I pray we will always be open to You speaking to us however You choose (Acts 9:4, 12, 20-21). Lord, I pray we will grow more and more in our faith (Acts 9:22). Lord, I pray we will speak boldly in Your name (Acts 9:28).  Lord, I pray Your church will enjoy a time of peace.  I pray we will be strengthened and encouraged by the Holy Spirit.  I pray our number will increase (Acts 9:31).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I experience all the Lord wants us to experience.” <>< Dona