And Ananias went his way…
He arose from off his bed or
seat, where he was, went out of his house, and on the way to the
place where Saul was; he had nothing more to say, his objections
were answered; there was no room to excuse himself, nor did he now
desire it, but quietly yields, and cheerfully obeys:
and entered into the house;
or "that house", the house of Judas,
where Saul was, and whither Ananias was directed, (Acts 9:11)
and putting his hands on him;
on Saul, in the same form Saul had
seen him, in vision, doing it: and which was done, either as a
prayer gesture; or for the healing of him, the restoring him to his
sight; or that he might receive the gifts of the Holy Ghost; and it
may be on all these accounts: and
said, brother Saul;
he calls him "brother", not because he was of
the same nation, but because he was now of the same faith; because
he was a regenerate person, and belonged to the family of God, and
was of the same household of faith: and this he said, not upon what
he had received from Saul's own mouth, for he addressed him in this
manner as soon as he came to him; but upon what the Lord had said
concerning him; though it was indeed common with the Jewish doctors
to salute one another with this name.
``When R. Jose ben Kisma was sick, R. Chanina ben Tradion
went to visit him; he said unto him, Chanina, (yxa yxa) "my
brother, my brother"… F15.''
So Shemaiah called Abtalion his brother F16. And in like manner R.
Eleazar ben Azariah saluted R. Ishmael F17. And R. Joshua speaks of
R. Tarphon in the same language F18:
the Lord, even Jesus that appeared unto thee in the way as thou
that is, who appeared to Saul as he was in the way to
Damascus; not that Jesus was in the way, for he was in heaven, and
appeared from thence to Saul, who was in the way: and he mentions
Jesus by name, and this appearance of his, partly to assure him of
his mission from him; for otherwise he could have known nothing of
his appearance to him; and partly to show the love of Christ to him,
and though he had persecuted him in so violent a manner, he had a
compassionate regard for him; as also to encourage and comfort him,
who had been trembling, and astonished at what he had heard from
Jesus. This same glorious person, adds he,
hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight;
sight, which he had been without three days, by the imposition of
and be filled with the Holy Ghost;
with the extraordinary gifts of
the Spirit, such as speaking with divers tongues, healing diseases,
and the like; for as for the graces of the Spirit, and even Gospel
light and knowledge, and gifts for preaching it, he had received
F15 T. Bab. Avoda Zara, fol. 18. 1. Vid. fol. 27. 2.
F16 T. Bab. Yoma, fol. 35. 2.
F17 T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 11. 1.
F18 Misn. Yadaim, c. 4. sect. 3.