Saul is the chosen instrument (Acts 9:15)

“But the Lord

Said to Ananias.


He is an instrument

Whom I have chosen

To bring

My name

Before the gentiles,

The kings,

And the sons of Israel.’”

εἶπεν δὲ πρὸς αὐτὸν ὁ Κύριος Πορεύου, ὅτι σκεῦος ἐκλογῆς ἐστίν μοι οὗτος τοῦ βαστάσαι τὸ ὄνομά μου ἐνώπιον ἐθνῶν τε καὶ βασιλέων υἱῶν τε Ἰσραήλ·

The author of Acts indicated that the Lord (ὁ Κύριος) said (ὅτι) to Ananias (εἶπεν δὲ πρὸς αὐτὸν) that he was to go (Πορεύου) to Saul, because Saul was going to be (ἐστίν μοι οὗτος) the chosen (ἐκλογῆς) instrument or vessel (σκεῦος) to bring or carry (τοῦ βαστάσαι) his name (τὸ ὄνομά μου) before the gentiles (ἐνώπιον ἐθνῶν), the kings (καὶ βασιλέων), and the sons of Israel (υἱῶν τε Ἰσραήλ).  Once again, this vision of Ananias is only found here and not in the later personal speeches of Saul about his conversion in chapters 22 and 26.  The Lord Jesus said that Saul had a special chosen role to play in the spread of the name of Jesus.  However, there was a similar saying in chapter 26:16-17, where Jesus spoke directly to Saul, and not to Ananias.  The Lord said that he had appeared to Saul (ὤφθην σοι) for a specific purpose (εἰς τοῦτο).  He had appointed Saul (προχειρίσασθαί σε) a servant (ὑπηρέτην) and a witness (καὶ μάρτυρα) to the things in which he had seen (ὧν τε εἶδές με) and what would appear to him (ὧν τε ὀφθήσομαί σοι).  The Lord Jesus was going to deliver Saul (ἐξαιρούμενός σε) from the people (ἐκ τοῦ λαοῦ) and from the gentiles (καὶ ἐκ τῶν ἐθνῶν) to whom he was sent (εἰς οὓς ἐγὼ ἀποστέλλω σε).  In other words, Saul had a special mission to the sons of Israel and the gentiles.  Here the message comes to Ananias, while in chapter 26 Saul got the message directly.  Do you feel that God has given you a certain role to play in life?

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