Look for Saul of Tarsus (Acts 9:11)

“The Lord

Said to Ananias.

‘Get up!

Go to the street

Called Straight!


At the house of Judas

For a man of Tarsus

Named Saul!

At this moment,

He is praying.’”

ὁ δὲ Κύριος πρὸς αὐτόν Ἀναστὰς πορεύθητι ἐπὶ τὴν ῥύμην τὴν καλουμένην Εὐθεῖαν καὶ ζήτησον ἐν οἰκίᾳ Ἰούδα Σαῦλον ὀνόματι Ταρσέα· ἰδοὺ γὰρ προσεύχεται,

The author of Acts indicated that the Lord (ὁ δὲ Κύριος) said to Ananias (πρὸς αὐτόν Ἀναστὰς) that he was to get up (Ἀναστὰς) and go (πορεύθητι) to the street (ἐπὶ τὴν ῥύμην) called Straight (τὴν καλουμένην Εὐθεῖαν).  He should seek (καὶ ζήτησον) a man named Saul (Σαῦλον ὀνόματι) from Tarsus (Ταρσέα), at the house of Judas (ἐν οἰκίᾳ Ἰούδα).  At this moment, Saul was praying (ἰδοὺ γὰρ προσεύχεται).  There is nothing like this in either speech that Saul gave in chapter 22 and chapter 26, since this is a description of what Ananias saw and heard, rather than what happened to Saul.  Jesus, the Lord, spoke directly to Ananias in this vision.  He had very explicit instructions on what he was to do.  He had to go to Straight Street in Damascus, where there was a man named Saul of Tarsus praying.  During the Roman Empire, Tarsus was the capital of the province of Cilicia, where the first meeting between Mark Antony and Cleopatra took place.  The schools of Tarsus rivaled those of Athens and Alexandria with a library of 200,000 books.  There also was a big important Temple at Tarsus.  Today, Tarsus is a major city in Turkey in the province of Mersin with a population of about 3,000,000 people, about ten miles from the Mediterranean Sea. Tarsus has a 6,000-year-old history as one of the oldest cities in the world as a commercial trading post of the early Hittites.  This was where Saul was born and raised.  Have you ever seen a street named Straight?

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