Acts 9:10 – 17
Many people I have listened to have preached on this have asked the question,
•Why didn’t Ananias just not say anything and go do it? •Was Ananias fishing for information? •What were Ananias’ motives for speaking this way to Jesus?
Usually you will hear about the conversation in a way that frowns on Ananias actions toward Jesus. If you as a believer had the faith to believe so much in your savior you would have just said yes Lord, and stopped what you were doing and carried out the mission. Others will tell you “God already knows the situation; He doesn’t need to be reminded by you.” Who do you think you are? God knows all things.
This suggests a one sided relationship. Dictatorships if you will; “do as I say and don’t question me.” Does this Sound Like Jesus?
I was in my sanctuary reading this passage, and Jesus spoke to me and said this is a “Relationship” conversation. Now think about this for one moment, when you talk to your spouse or friend and you are place in the same situation will you not ask him or her the same question? I know you have, because I have done the same thing. I questioned my spouse or friend motives. It’s not to say I don’t trust them. I just want to be on the same page with them. Is this the best way?
Genesis 18: 23 – 26
Five times did Abraham question the Lord on this matter? How many sermons have you heard about him questioning God in this manner? Very few! I also know that this true story is also about interceding for Sodom. But what about Ananias was he not interceding with the Lord on behalf of the children of Damascus.
Again Ananias has a little of Abraham in him. This would not have worked if Ananias didn’t have a relationship with our Lord. Can you imagine speaking to someone you don’t know the way Abraham and Ananias did? Good Luck!
Ananias is having a relationship with Jesus Christ our Lord, and that relationship was strong, for he and Jesus conversed back and forth about Saul. No where do we read that Jesus question Ananias’ loyalty to Him. Do you not have the same relationship with your spouse or friend? Do you not converse with one another on anything?
In Isaiah 1:18: Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Jesus expects you to reason with Him, even in the acknowledgement of Him. Come lets reason together means you are going to ask question to Jesus, who He really is, and has done! Paul did the same how many countless times do we read that Paul reasoned with the Jews about Jesus. Meaning: you are building a relationship with Him. Weather you believe in Him or not.
The Holy Spirit is our guide and showed us by the way of the Patriarchs and Apostles that you can question Jesus and His motives, now that doesn’t mean He will answer you. But He will continue the conversation with you. Some information is based on a need to know basis, like Ananias situation.
I thank my God for Ananias, the loyalty, and love in his relationship with our savior Jesus Christ. Ananias shows us that yes we can speak to the Lord on behave of our fellow Christians. He wasn’t being selfish, he could have said Lord he’s come to drag me to Jerusalem and throw me into prison, is this you want? No that wasn’t the focus point; it was “Saul has come for Your children.”
It was a selfless act. Jesus will answer you, and explain His plan, because you care more for Him than yourself. Remember He Know Your Heart!
The Lord Bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.
In Jesus name