I was blind (Acts 22:11)

“Since I could not see

Because of the brightness

Of that light,

Those who were with me

Took my hand.

They led me

Into Damascus.”

ὡς δὲ οὐκ ἐνέβλεπον ἀπὸ τῆς δόξης τοῦ φωτὸς ἐκείνου, χειραγωγούμενος ὑπὸ τῶν συνόντων μοι ἦλθον εἰς Δαμασκόν.

The author of Acts indicated that Paul said that since he could not see (ὡς δὲ οὐκ ἐνέβλεπον) because of the brightness of that light (ἀπὸ τῆς δόξης τοῦ φωτὸς ἐκείνου), those who were with him (ὑπὸ τῶν συνόντων μοι) took him by the hand (χειραγωγούμενος).  They led him into Damascus (ἦλθον εἰς Δαμασκόν).  Once again, this is similar to chapter 9:8, except there Saul got up from the ground and opened his eyes but could not see.  “Saul (δὲ Σαῦλος) got up (ἠγέρθη) from the ground (ἀπὸ τῆς γῆς).  Although his eyes (δὲ τῶν ὀφθαλμῶν αὐτοῦ) were opened (ἀνεῳγμένων), he could not see anything or he saw nothing (οὐδὲν ἔβλεπεν).  Thus, they led him by the hand (χειραγωγοῦντες δὲ αὐτὸν).  They brought him (εἰσήγαγον) into Damascus (εἰς Δαμασκόν).”  Saul was blind, taken captive by Jesus, since he was led into Damascus with someone leading him there.  There seemed to be a connection between physical blindness and spiritual blindness.  Saul had been spiritually blind, but now he was also physically blind.  However, in Acts, chapter 26:15-18, Paul never mentioned that he was blind.  He simply fell on the ground.  The Lord told him directly, without anybody else involved, that he was to go on a mission to open the eyes of kings, gentiles, and the sons of Israel, so that they might turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God.  They would receive the forgiveness of sins and a place among those who were sanctified by faith in Jesus.  This was a truncated version of Saul’s conversion experience.  Here the description is very elaborate.  Do you know anyone who suddenly became blind?

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