People Of Faith ‘Ananias’

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There were three Ananias’s mentioned in the Bible.

1. There was Ananias and Sapphira they didn’t have a too happy ending Acts 5 verse 1 to 5.

2. There was Ananias who was a High priest who presided over the Sanhedrin when the Apostle Paul was arrested and questioned by the council at the end of Paul’s third missionary journey Acts 22 verse 30 to 23 verse 10.

But the Ananias we are honoring today was an early convert to Christianity living in Damascus, when Saul of Tarsus {Paul} was going there to supposedly to arrest the Christians. Acts 9 verse 13 to 19.

Not much is said about this Ananias, except he was an early convert to Christianity. He was living in a time of great persecution, and Saul of Tarsus was a man on a mission of persecution.

Ananias knew that Saul, was a deadly enemy of Christians  can you image what went thought Ananias’s mind when The Lord ask him to go and visit him.  Acts 9 verse 10 to 18:

Verse 10: “Now in Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias, and The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias!” “Here I am, Lord,” he said.

Verse 11 ” ‘Get up and go to the street called Straight,’ the Lord said to him, ‘to the house of Judas, and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, since he is praying there.”

Verse 12 “In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and placing his hands on him so he may regain his sight.”

Ananias then questions the Lord about this, because he know Saul has the authority form the Chief Priest to arrest Christians. The Lord reassured Ananias Verse 15;

“But The Lord said to him, ‘Go! For this man is my chosen instrument to carry My name before the gentiles, kings and the sons of Israel”

Remembering Ananias was a new convert himself, Christianity was spreading quickly, but he was asked to go. Ananias did what the Lord asked him to do Verse 17;

“So Ananias left and entered the house, Then he placed his hands on him and said, ‘Bother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road you were traveling, has sent me so you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit’.”

Not bad fro a new convert, Ananias placed his hands over Saul eyes and at once something like scales fell from his eyes and he regained sight.

Ananias even though he was a new convert himself followed the Lord leading.

Ananias saw a great miracle that the Lord allowed with his own hands Saul’s sight was returned.

Ananias’s trust and faith in the Lord, allowed him to address Saul as a Brother in faith.

Our Lord and Our friend is looking for willing vessel he can send, to fulfill, destiny and purpose in our lives and in the lives of many others.

Because of Ananias willingness Saul became The Apostle Paul. Ananias got to witness to Paul, and told him the meaning of Paul’s unusual encounter with Christ Jesus on the road to Damascus.

Ananias probably introduced Paul to the church there as a new Christian brother rather than a persecutor .

Ananias as tradition has it later became one of the 70 disciples of Jerusalem, a bishop of Damascus, and a martyr.

A little known person of faith, Our Lord used for great purposes, who can say The Lord  can not use any of us for great purposes if we are willing.

God Bless.

O F J.

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