Three days have passed since Saul’s meeting with the Lord. Saul isn’t eating or drinking, and Saul still has no sight.
In Damascus, where Saul waits, is a man named Ananias, a disciple of Jesus. Ananias has miraculous gifts given to him by God. One day, Ananias has a vision from God about Saul. In this vision, the Lord says to Ananias to, “Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for behold, he prayeth, and hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.” (Acts 9:11-12)
Ananias has heard of Saul and he knows Saul’s reputation and how much evil Saul has done. Ananias knows that Saul hates followers of Jesus and how much influence Saul has over the chief priests. Ananias knows he may be putting himself in real danger by going to Saul. (Acts 9:14) Understanding the reservations and the fears Ananias has, the Lord reassures Ananias in Acts 9:15-16, “Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.”
Although afraid, Ananias trusts God and he obeys. Once Ananias has Gods assurance, he is able to do what God has instructed. Ananias travels to the home where Saul is waiting and praying. When Ananias enters, he touches Saul and says, “Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 9:17)
We see that not only does Ananias obey, but also he demonstrates his acceptance of God’s plan for Saul. We know this because Ananias refers to Saul as “Brother Saul”.
The Bible tells us about how miraculously Ananias heals Saul. Verse 18 says “immediately” the scales fell away from Saul’s eyes and his sight is restored. The Bible also tells us the very next thing Saul does after receiving his sight. Remember, Saul has not been eating or drinking for three days; however, Saul’s first action is to arise and be baptized. (Acts 9:18) Saul believes, and he does not hesitate to put on Christ in baptism.
The Bible tells us Saul eats, regains his strength, and remains in Damascus with other disciples there, and it is not long till Saul goes into the Synagogues, teaching that Christ Jesus is the Son of God. Saul amazes the people in synagogues because they know of Saul’s past, and his once persecution of those who preached Jesus. But despite his reputation and their murmurs, Saul continues to preach and teach about Christ Jesus to the Jews living in Damascus.
God’s plan for Saul has begun.