A Man Named Ananias…What Can We Learn From Him?

Originally posted on July 29, 2010 at 12:12 am

Scripture Reference;

1And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

2And 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.

6And 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.

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

8And 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.

9And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

10And 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.

11And 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,

12And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.

13Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:

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

15But 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:

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

17And 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.

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

19And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.

20And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. Acts 9:1-20 KJV

2But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.3To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.  John 10:2-3 KJV

27My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:28And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.29My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.30I and my Father are one. John 10:27-30 KJV

If anyone is asked who they might read about in the ninth chapter of the book of Acts they probably would say Saul (also known as Paul), but I want to look at another man. His name was Ananias. There is a lot that I learn from “his story”.

First of all, the Lord spoke to Ananias: And the Lord said to him in a vision,“Ananias!”When I read that the Lord spoke to Ananias I found myself focusing on the fact that it was the Lord that initiated that conversation, and also that He called Ananias by name. I also liked Ananias’s reply, “Behold, I am here Lord”.  I was reminded that although we may initiate conversations with the Lord when we go to Him in prayer, the Lord also has something to say, something to lay on our hearts. When the Lord calls out to us (draws us) we, too should reply “Behold, I am here Lord.”.  Then we should pause to listen.

When I looked at verses 13-14  I noticed that Ananias let the Lord know that he was afraid to go and he explained why. So often the Lord desires us to do things  that make us uncomfortable, and that sometimes are down right scary. Obedience isn’t always easy. It is okay to tell the Lord about our fears. He wants to hear about them, and he knows about them anyway. He tells us in the Bible to cast our fears on Him. Telling is part of casting. In the Psalms David sometimes called it “pouring out my complaint”. There is something so healing about confessing …confessing our sins, our hurts and our fears. When we do this the Lord  gives us the courage to obey Him. We may fear and tremble, but the Lord “WILL” work in us both  ” to be willing” and “to be able” to do His good pleasure (to obey Him). See Philippians 2:12-13.

I also noticed that when Ananias was speaking he mentioned his knowledge of the evil that Saul had done to the saints, but the Lord assured him that He had chosen Paul (Saul). This both comforted and convicted me. It comforted me because I, myself have done evil to the saints. I haven’t had anyone thrown into prison, but I have many times criticized people (especially other Christians) to my family and closest friends. It’s bad enough to think bad thoughts, to be quick to judge, to carry that chip on my shoulder, but when I “share those thoughts” I am only piling  sin upon sin. When I realize what I have done (usually as soon as the words are spoken) I feel very ashamed, because it is not fair and they are precious in the Lord’s sight. Then I confess what I have done, and pray for help not to do that anymore. It is humbling for me to admit that I am capable of doing that, but it is also comforting to remember that Paul himself wrote in Romans 7 and 8, as well as in other passages that Christians still sin, but that doesn’t make us any less saved or chosen. He didn’t continue to persecute the saints but he did have criticisms from time to time….and many of his criticisms were expressed in his instructions to the churches (These criticisms were not sins), but I suspect that one of his sins that he  committed once in awhile might very well have been to criticize too harshly.  There is another good thing that comes when I acknowledge my own sin. It helps me to be more accepting of others and more eager to build up instead of tearing down. We should, like Ananias, acknowledge that they are our “brothers” and “sisters”; that should mean something to us.

Now I want to look again at Acts 9:17-18:

17 So Ananias left and entered the house. Then he placed his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road you were traveling, has sent me so you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” (P)

18 At once something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. 19 And after taking some food, he regained his strength. (Q)

20 Immediately he began proclaiming Jesus in the synagogues: “He is the Son of God.”

After the Lord spoke with him, Ananias did as he was told, and a wonderful thing happened. Saul’s sight was restored, he was filled with the Holy Spirit, and Baptized…and that’s not all! Saul (Paul) started many churches and preached the gospel in many places. He is the author of many of the books in the New Testament. There is a lot more written in the Bible about Paul than Ananias, and it is the same with us today. Some Christians are known by multitudes while others are remembered by only a few, but we have no idea what God has planned for the person to whom we show grace and mercy, or how far reaching a kindness can be. Let us not grow weary in well doing!

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Telling: (Part 3…Living To Tell About It)

Scripture References;

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2The same was in the beginning with God.

3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

4In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

5And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

7The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

8He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

9That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

10He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

11He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:1-14 KJV

Mary Magdalene Sees the Risen Lord

11 But  Mary stood outside facing the tomb,  crying. As she was crying, she stooped to look into the tomb. 12She saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet, where Jesus’ body  had been lying. 13 They said to her, ” Woman, why are you crying?”

“Because they’ve taken away my Lord,”  she told them, “and I don’t know where they’ve put Him.” 14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, though she did not know it was Jesus.

15 “Woman,” Jesus said to her, “why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Supposing He was the gardener, she replied, “Sir, if you’ve removed Him, tell me where you’ve put Him, and I will take Him away.”

16 Jesus said, “Mary.”

Turning around, she said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” —which means “Teacher.”

17 “Don’t cling to Me,” Jesus told her, “for I have not yet ascended  to the Father. But go to My brothers and tell them that I am ascending to My Father  and your Father—to My God  and your God.”

18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord!”  And she told them what  He had said to her. John 20:11-18 HCSB

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.

19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:16-21 HCSB

4For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

5For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.

6But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)

7Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)

8But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

11For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

12For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:4-13 KJV

Isn’t it something? The Lord knew what He came to do, and He did it…Jesus lived and He told about it! He is still living today seated at the right hand of the Father…yet He is very near each and every one of us all at the same time! He told the disciples what He must do, and they were witnesses….they lived to tell about it.  I was told about it, I believed and I am alive and telling about it. If you have received the Lord as your Savior you can tell about it, too!  What a privilege it is…to live and tell about it!

Below are the words to a beautiful song and a video of a lovely cover performance  that you can hear:

Redeemer by Nicole C. Mullen

Who taught the sun where to stand in the morning?

and Who told the ocean you can only come this far?

and Who showed the moon where to hide ’til evening?

Whose words alone can catch a falling star?

Well I know my Redeemer lives

I know my Redeemer lives

All of creation testifys

This life within me cries

I know my Redeemer lives yeah

The very same God that spins things in orbit

runs to the weary, the worn and the weak

And the same gentle hands that hold me when I’m broken

They conquered death to bring me victory

Now I know my Redeemer lives

I know my Redeemer lives

Let all creation testify

Let this life within me cry

I know my Redeemer, He lives

To take away my shame

And He lives forever, I’ll proclaim

That the payment for my sin

Was the precious life He gave

But now He’s alive and

There’s an empty grave

Now I know my Redeemer lives

I know my Redeemer lives

Let all creation testify

Let this life within me cry

I know my Redeemer,

I know my Redeemer
I know my Redeemer lives
I know my redeemer lives
I know that I know that I know that I know that I know my redeemer lives
Because He lives I can face tomorrow
I Know I know
He lives he lives yeah i spoke with him this morning
he lives he lives, the tomb is empty,
he lives I gotta tell everybody

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