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The Greatest Questions of the Bible and of Life
Why Tarriest Thou? (10 of 18)
Clarence E. Macartney
That seems a strange question to have been addressed
to a man like Paul, who was the embodiment of energy,
conviction, and decision. Whatever he did, he did with
all his might. He never impresses one as a man who
hesitates or halts between two opinions. But since
this question was asked him, and asked him by God
through His messenger, Ananias, it would appear that
after his extraordinary experience at the Gates of
Damascus, where he was smitten to the ground by the
heavenly light and heard a voice speaking to him,
"Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?" and learned
that that voice was the voice of Jesus and in
obedience to Jesus had gone into Damascus and had
taken refuge in the home of Judas, who lived on the
street called Straight, Paul was still delaying to act
upon the knowledge that had been given him from the
sacred impulse he had felt and had not yet confessed
the name of Jesus. At all events, at the direction of
God a man named Ananias came to call on Paul at the
house of Judas.
When he came to the house of Judas, Ananias,
conquering the natural fears that he felt at meeting
this bloody persecutor of the Christians, put his hand
on him and said, "Brother Saul, receive thy sight."
When his eyes were opened, Ananias said to him, "The
God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou
shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and
shouldest hear the voice of his mouth. For thou shalt
be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and
heard. And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be
baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name
of the Lord." Then Paul no longer tarried. He
confessed his faith in that Jesus whom hitherto he had
persecuted and blasphemed, was baptized into the faith
of Christ, and went forth to preach His everlasting
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