June 17 – Acts 8:26-40

June 17 – Acts 8:26-40

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

26 As for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, “Go south[a] down the desert road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and he met the treasurer of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under the Kandake, the queen of Ethiopia. The eunuch had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and he was now returning. Seated in his carriage, he was reading aloud from the book of the prophet Isaiah.

29 The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.”

30 Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

31 The man replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” And he urged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him.

32 The passage of Scripture he had been reading was this:

“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter.
    And as a lamb is silent before the shearers,
    he did not open his mouth.
33 He was humiliated and received no justice.
    Who can speak of his descendants?
    For his life was taken from the earth.”[b]

34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, was the prophet talking about himself or someone else?” 35 So beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus.

36 As they rode along, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look! There’s some water! Why can’t I be baptized?”[c] 38 He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.

39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away. The eunuch never saw him again but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Meanwhile, Philip found himself farther north at the town of Azotus. He preached the Good News there and in every town along the way until he came to Caesarea.

Acts 8:26-40 (NLT)

One Comment

    Jason Parsons

    When I first read the Bible cover to cover more than a decade ago now, I was super confused. It’s long. It’s written in prose, apocalyptic, epistle, and narrative forms of writing. It’s written in multiple different languages (none of which I speak). It was written in a different time and location. Therefore, the Ethiopian’s response to Philip’s question about if he understood what he was reading makes sense to me. He responded, “how can I unless someone instructs me” (verse 31). In our pursuit of living out our faith in the Triune God, we need to understand that community is a critical function of learning and growing in our faith. We need each other’s experiences and skills and knowledge to come together and really make us into who God wants us to be. This is important in following the Great Commission too. We cannot throw a book at someone and think our work is done. We need to be available to share our knowledge and experience and skill with those we are sharing the Good News.

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