What am I to do? (Acts 22:10)

“I asked.

‘What am I to do?


The Lord said to me,

‘Get up!

Go to Damascus!

There you will be told


That is assigned

For you to do.’”

εἶπον δέ Τί ποιήσω, Κύριε; ὁ δὲ Κύριος εἶπεν πρός με Ἀναστὰς πορεύου εἰς Δαμασκόν, κἀκεῖ σοι λαληθήσεται περὶ πάντων ὧν τέτακταί σοι ποιῆσαι.

The author of Acts indicated that Paul said (εἶπον δέ) that he asked the Lord (Κύριε) what was he supposed to do (Τί ποιήσω)?  Then the Lord said to him (ὁ δὲ Κύριος εἶπεν πρός με) to get up (Ἀναστὰς) and go to Damascus (πορεύου εἰς Δαμασκόν).  There he would be told (κἀκεῖ σοι λαληθήσεται) everything that was assigned (περὶ πάντων ὧν τέτακταί) for him to do (σοι ποιῆσαι).  This is very similar to chapter 9:6, but there was no question from Saul about what he was to do in this earlier description of this event.  “Jesus said to Saul to get up (ἀλλὰ ἀνάστηθι).  He was to enter (καὶ εἴσελθε) the city (εἰς τὴν πόλιν), where he would be told (καὶ λαληθήσεταί) what he was supposed to do (ὅ τί σε δεῖ ποιεῖν).”  However, Saul, in Acts, chapter 26:16, was also slightly different.  There was no mention of the city of Damascus or someone like Ananias or the disciples to tell him what to do.  Saul got his mission directly from Jesus.  No intermediaries were necessary.  “The Lord told him to rise up (ἀλλὰ ἀνάστηθι) and stand (καὶ στῆθι) upon his own feet (ἐπὶ τοὺς πόδας σου).  The Lord said that he had appeared to him (ὤφθην σοι) for a specific purpose (εἰς τοῦτο).  He has appointed him (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 God went on in the following verses to say that Saul was going to deliver the sons of Israel and the gentiles to open their eyes from the darkness of Satan.  Thus, they might have forgiveness of sins and be sanctified in faith.  There would be nothing more about the situation in Damascus.  However, there was more here in chapter 22 also.  Do you listen to instructions from others?

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