Who are you? (Acts 9:5)

“Saul asked.

‘Who are you?


The reply came.

‘I am Jesus,

Whom you are persecuting!’”

εἶπεν δέ Τίς εἶ, Κύριε; ὁ δέ Ἐγώ εἰμι Ἰησοῦς ὃν σὺ διώκεις·

The author of Acts indicated that Saul asked (εἶπεν δέ) this voice.  “Who are you (Τίς εἶ)?  Lord (Κύριε)!”  The reply came (ὁ δέ) “I am Jesus (Ἐγώ εἰμι Ἰησοῦς), whom you are persecuting (ὃν σὺ διώκεις).”  Saul called this voice Lord.  The response was quick.  Saul was persecuting Jesus, when he was persecuting his followers.  This response was nearly the same in Acts, chapter 22:8.  Saul in the first person asked (ἐγὼ δὲ ἀπεκρίθην), “Who are you (Τίς εἶ)?  Lord (Κύριε)!”  He said to me (εἶπέν τε πρὸς ἐμέ) “I am Jesus of Nazareth (Ἐγώ εἰμι Ἰησοῦς ὁ Ναζωραῖος), whom you are persecuting (ὃν σὺ διώκεις).”  He also added that this was Jesus of Nazareth, not any Jesus.  In Acts, chapter 26:15, Saul in the first person singular asked (ἐγὼ δὲ εἶπα) “Who are you (Τίς εἶ)?”  The Lord (ὁ δὲ Κύριε) said (εἶπεν) “I am Jesus (Ἐγώ εἰμι Ἰησοῦς), whom you are persecuting (ὃν σὺ διώκεις).”  There was no mention of Nazareth in this description.  Instead of speaking to the Lord, the Lord was the one who was responding.  Saul wanted to know who was speaking to him.  The Lord Jesus told him directly to stop persecuting him and his followers.  When he persecuted them, he was also persecuting Jesus.  Have you ever persecuted anyone?

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