He has done very bad things to your own people, the believers in Jerusalem. Not only is it true that faith, repentance and confession did not result in his immediate forgiveness; but it is likewise true that even the laying on of the hands of Ananias, three days later, for the purpose of giving him recovery from blindness did not signal the forgiveness of Saul's sins. And he fell upon the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? But Saul, yet breathing threatening and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, and asked of him letters to Damascus unto the synagogues, that if he found any that were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. In the Greek language, her name was Dorcas, which means ‘deer’. 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. But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken unto him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. And when Saul received it, it was the same message Peter had given on Pentecost requiring men to believe, repent and be baptized into Christ. Peter used the very words that Jesus had used, except for substituting the name of Tabitha, the word "Tabitha, arise" being quite similar to "Damsel, I say unto thee arise" (Mark 5:41). A translation of the Bible with Commentaries and Bible Studies – all written in Easy English – to help you read, understand, and apply the Bible. 25 But one night, Saul's friends helped him to leave the city secretly. (This was three years after his baptism.) It could be, also, that Luke intended that we should see the connection between this period of relative tranquillity and the departure of Paul, just mentioned. Taken together, the question and answer here are among the most significant in the New Testament. 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. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. The mention of the man with whom Peter made his home at Joppa was perhaps for the double purpose of showing (1) that a tanner was not considered beyond redemption, thus nullifying a Jewish concept which stressed the perpetual defilement of tanners because of their working continually with dead bodies, or portions of dead bodies; and (2) also for the sake of its bearing upon the event next to be related in Acts 10. However, because of his confounding the Jews (Acts 9:22), and Luke's immediate mention of the plot to kill him (Acts 9:23), the above paragraph is usually associated with the latter occasion of his ministry in Damascus. Barnabas said to them, ‘Saul saw the Lord when he was on his way to Damascus. Regarding the awesome fact that some see and hear what others cannot see and hear, Morrison aptly explained it thus: "Ah, it is not the place that makes the difference; it is the heart. CONVERSION OF SAUL, AND BEGINNINGS OF HIS MINISTRY. They said to each other, ‘This is the same man who caused much pain to the believers in Jerusalem. He showed very clearly that Jesus is God's Messiah. III. " The fabric damask is derived from the name Damascus, as is also damascene, thus memorializing the skill and ingenuity of the city's craftsmen, who also manufactured the Damascan swords borne by the Crusaders. Dummelow thought it strange "that after his arduous work in Damascus, the church of Jerusalem should still doubt the fact of Paul's conversion"; but it was doubtless due to the lack of adequate communications in those days, and also to the reluctance of those Christians whose loved ones and friends had been imprisoned, scourged, and even put to death by Saul of Tarsus, to believe that his conversion was sincere. The question Paul asked of Jesus, saying, "What wilt thou have me to do?" That Saul did not receive the Holy Spirit before his baptism is implicit in the fact that the latter was necessary to the "washing away" of his sins (Acts 22:16). Paul's Conversion and Early Ministry (9:1-31) Paul's Conversion (9:1-19) Paul's Witness in Damascus and Jerusalem (9:19-31) Peter's Healing Ministry at Lydda and Joppa (9:32-43) The Mission Is Inaugurated Through Peter (9:32--11:18) Of course, the Sanhedrin "claimed over the Jews in foreign cities the same power, in religious questions, which they exercised at Jerusalem. He wrote: Attempts to make a contradiction here are founded upon an ignorance of idiom as used in every language on earth. And straightway there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he received his sight; and he arose and was baptized; and he took food and was strengthened. And she opened her eyes; and when she saw Peter she sat up. Jesus Christ, speaking from the right hand of the Majesty on high, referred the inquiring sinner to the gospel as it would be delivered to him by the faithful preacher Ananias. When she saw Peter, she sat up. It was the home of Cornelius (Acts 10:1); here Peter baptized Cornelius the Gentile and all his house; here a king was destroyed by an avenging angel (Acts 12:1ff); and here Philip the evangelist with his family labored in the spread of the gospel (Acts 21:8f).