You have been chosen (Acts 22:14)

“Ananias said.

‘The God of our ancestors

Has chosen you

To know his will,

To see the Righteous One,

And to hear

His own voice.’”

ὁ δὲ εἶπεν Ὁ Θεὸς τῶν πατέρων ἡμῶν προεχειρίσατό σε γνῶναι τὸ θέλημα αὐτοῦ καὶ ἰδεῖν τὸν Δίκαιον καὶ ἀκοῦσαι φωνὴν ἐκ τοῦ στόματος αὐτοῦ,

The author of Acts indicated that Paul said that Ananias told him (ὁ δὲ εἶπεν) that the God of their ancestors (Ὁ Θεὸς τῶν πατέρων ἡμῶν) had chosen Paul (προεχειρίσατό σε) to know his will (γνῶναι τὸ θέλημα αὐτοῦ), to see (καὶ ἰδεῖν) the Righteous or Just One (τὸν Δίκαιον), and to hear () his voice (φωνὴν) from his mouth (ἐκ τοῦ στόματος αὐτοῦ).  There was nothing like this in the earlier description of Saul’s conversion in chapter 9, or his later description in chapter 26.  Ananias, this well respected Jewish Christian disciple told Paul that he would get to know, see, and hear the voice of the Righteous or Just One, Jesus.  This was the name given to Jesus in chapter 3:14 when Peter spoke in Jerusalem “They (ὑμεῖς) had denied or rejected (ἠρνήσασθε) the Holy (τὸν Ἅγιον) and Righteous One (καὶ Δίκαιον).”  Again, in chapter 7:52, Stephen said the same thing before the Jewish crowd in Jerusalem, “They killed those (καὶ ἀπέκτειναν τοὺς) who foretold (προκαταγγείλαντας) the coming (περὶ τῆς ἐλεύσεως) of the Righteous One (τοῦ Δικαίου).”  Thus, this was a clear reference to Jesus without explicitly mentioning his name.  However, Paul was careful to speak about the God of their ancestors, Yahweh.  Paul was very careful with his words.  Do you have a special relationship with the righteous one, Jesus?

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