24 But someone told Saul about this. Now he has come here to Damascus to take hold of the believers and take them away to Jerusalem. The astonishment and reluctance of Ananias are understandable. And as he journeyed, it came to pass that he drew nigh unto Damascus: and suddenly there shone round about him a light out of heaven. Azotus, Gaza, Lydda and Sharon were all cities along the Mediterranean coast; and both Philip and the apostle Peter bestowed labor upon this coastal region. Luke did not relate exactly how long Peter continued to preach and spread the gospel in Joppa, his success being greatly augmented by the event of Dorcas being raised from the dead. I have chosen him to work for me. And she opened her eyes; and when she saw Peter she sat up. So the church throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria had peace, being edified; and, walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, was multiplied. 19 Then Saul ate some food and he became strong again. Membership in the church is membership "in Christ.". Therefore the circumstance of the hatred which naturally arose against Paul in Jerusalem was not removed by the Father, but was made the occasion of sending him to Tarsus. He went down upon his knees; and from this is a legitimate inference that in this also he emulated the action of the Master, because it is clear enough from John's gospel that all of Jesus' miracles were wrought in answer to prayer. This city existed in prehistoric times (Genesis 14:15); David captured the city (2 Samuel 8:5); Paul the apostle was baptized there; and from it he escaped over the wall in a basket; T.E. The saints in Jerusalem had sent information ahead to Damascus regarding the ravages of the Lord's church by Saul of Tarsus; and it is significant that the believing community in Damascus had accurate advance information of what could be expected when Saul arrived there. '"[17] It was Christ's purpose not to speak to Saul's companions, but to speak to Saul; that all-sufficient will was enough to account for the fact of Saul's hearing though others did not. 38 Joppa was not very far from Lydda. There were many Christian recollections of an "upper chamber"; but in this there appeared a new dimension. Assayed to join himself ... As noted earlier, such an expression as this makes "joining the church" a legitimate concept, provided the uniting with a given congregation is understood by it. [25] J. R. Dummelow, Commentary on the Holy Bible (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1937), p. 831. And he said, Who art thou, Lord? In fact Tacitus said, "Caesarea is the capital of Judaea."[27]. It is obvious that Luke did not here stress the exact chronology of the events narrated. They put him in a basket, and they put him through a hole in the city wall. This paragraph reveals the basic fundamental of Christianity, namely, that Jesus is the Christ of God. We also know more from what Barnabas says about Saul's experience in Acts 9:27 and from what Ananias says about Saul's experience in Acts 9… Acts 9:18. καὶ εὐθέως: as the immediate result of the laying on of hands the recovery of sight is given, but the baptism follows for the reception of the Holy Ghost, cf. Also, we learn how Peter accepted Cornelius into the *church. He stayed with a man called Simon, who was a tanner. Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, &c.--The emphatic "yet" is intended to note the remarkable fact, that up to this moment his blind persecuting rage against the disciples of the Lord burned as fiercely as ever. It reads: In the light of these facts, what an incredible folly is the theological nonsense that would make baptism into Christ either optional or unessential for them who would be saved! Regarding the chronological placement of this event, "Saul's journey from Jerusalem to Damascus took place not far from that year which saw the death of Tiberius and the accession of Caligula,"[1] that is, in 37 A.D. We are inclined to be a little surprised at the authority exercised by the Jewish hierarchy in so distant a place as Damascus. Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. Acts 9:11,12; 2 Chr 33:12,13,18,19; Esther 4:16; Jonah 3:6-8; Acts 9 Resources - Multiple Sermons and Commentaries; See Map of Events Associated with Saul's conversion and ministry But rise, and enter into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. (Acts 9:1-2). That will give me authority to take hold of any believers that I find there.’, Saul wanted to find anyone who agreed with the Way of the Lord Jesus. The Lord Jesus said to him, ‘Ananias!’ Ananias answered, ‘Lord, I am here.’, 11 Jesus said to Ananias, ‘Prepare yourself and go to Straight Street. In the passage before us it reveals baptism as one of the "musts" regarding salvation, The familiar heresies setting aside this divine "must" should be rejected. Made a sudden departure to Arabia for further study and communion with God (Galatians 1:17,18). As Blaiklock noted, "Apart from this one historic incident, Damascus does not again figure in the New Testament. And Peter arose and went with them. Someone there will tell you what you must do.’. He put his hands on Saul and he said to him, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus himself has sent me here to you.