by Christina Farris
26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,
28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.
29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.
34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea. Have you ever had Angel speak to you? Angel being a minister of God or Jesus. Now after the tearing of the veil an individual was not able to talk directly to God the only go between to God is Jesus. However most do not look this up or think on these things, they read angel of the Lord and never think to ask why did Philip believe an angel spoke to him. We are not to worship angels. An angel in Revelations that spoke to John in his vision refused to allow him to bow to him, making the angel not of the godhead bodily. In Revelations John seeing both angels and the Messiah. The role of the angel that spoke to Philip was as a messenger of the Lord. Now In this day and age if angel spoke to any of us we perhaps would wonder on the meaning of the event, not sure if the angel speaking to any of us today, would fall into submission of the being. Yet I also not sure of the compeling of the angel that appeared to Philip for an Angel appeared to Mary, Elizabeth, Zacharias and Joseph. Angels were not an everyday occurence in the life of man. Yet we see angels in scripture and know they compeled man to state of belief and obedience to go as directed. Moses experience an angel with the buring bush. Yet no appearance of angel after that time to Moses. Angels represent the message of God coming to man. the apostles were freed by angel out of prison in Acts 5. The Gospel was not going to be stopped and angels set them free and they continued preaching. The first angel story happens in Genesis when Hagar ran away and angel spoke to Hagar in the desert and compel her to return to Abraham's tents. Hagar was the mother of Ishmael. Angels are ministering spirits that watch over God's people, but they are also angels that go forth with a message to God's people for a purpose. One has to remember Satan is a fallen angel, no longer allowed to minister for God yet he can appear as an angel of light and produce many signs and wonders. As a child of God we have protection by God's spirit. Two a believer has the witness of God's spirit in their heart if something be of him. If you ever in situation you will understand the difference, for God will reveal to you, if you will trust in him.
In the story of the Eunuch the angel that spoke to Philip sent him to a desert where a chariot would pass by. Now there was no instruction to Philip once he got to the desert, but I sure Philip was wondering what was going to happen, though scripture does not say that. If you feel compelled by God's Spirit after an angel spoke to you to go to empty desert and you meet a man in a chariot that was studying scripture. Oh let not leave out that you had to sprint to the chariot and the chariot continue traveling as you listen to what was being read outloud. Of course Philip wanted to know if he understood the scripture in Isaiah/Esaias the prophet. The Eunuch asked how could he understand something he needed someone to explain to him, Philip got into the chariot to help him understand about who the Prophet was writting about. Philip began to tell him about Jesus and how he was he unworthy of death, and yet crucified for our sins. Eunuche asked what hinders me from being baptized. Now verse 37 is left out of some paraphrased versions of the Bible, and I do believe leaving of verse 37 should not be. For it is crucial for salvation for one to believe in ones heart for salvation. Baptism alone or being immersed/springed has no value without believing in Jesus. Eunuch would confess with his mouth he believed in the Lord Jesus Christ based on the testimony of Philip on the understanding of who the prophet Isaiah was speaking of not of himself but of Jesus. Isaiah speaks of the redeemer and the price he paid for you and me. That we paid for our the sins of many. Yet the condition is still the same one must believe in their heart for salvation.
Oasis in the desert to be baptist in. He already received the baptism of Jesus just sitting in the chariot as Philip explained it to him, but baptism in water is a symbol of faith and a step even Christ demonstrated by being baptized himself. Until you believe that story of Jesus you are not saved. Some go through the ritualism of their church never receiving Christ. I met a woman once that told me she did what was expected of her and did not ever make a confession of faith. Her beliefs were not of God the more you listen to her you knew who she served. She served greed and money and it may me sad, because truth of the Gospel had been present to her through all her growing up years. It also made me understand at that moment about my own conviction they were my own even at age six/seven when I received Christ as Lord and Savior. I realized then people could hear and never receive and people could be good people in general and even love and be deceived. Yet not at age fifty looking back I understand more then I did way back then. I was going through my own struggle of faith and meeting many people of many different convictions all lobbying for their own agenda. The diversity of the world is much the reality of humanity. The need for Christ even in Christian community over looked because they feel that most are probably saved. Your choice is your own, but if you want an adventure of a life time follow after Christ, you might not find gold in the since of earthly find, but the gold you find is worth more then any gold that can be panned out of a river of gold.
Philip pursued his adventure in obedience to God. First we see an angel from God only to see the Spirit then in operation in directing Philip to the chariot and then we see the acceptance of Christ. Last we see the move of the Spirit taking Philip to another place to minister. God's compeling is not one of man, but of the Spirit. The Trinity clearly seen in the salvation message to Ethiopian Eunuch. Is Christ compeling you to share his message to others how Jesus saved you from your sins. Mission work is more then expression of love but opportunity to share Jesus. Yet sometimes we are caught in sharing of things and not the Messiah. Do people need things to receive Christ. No they only need faith and hope. Yet the things of ministry Jesus shared was of prayer and healing and answering questions. Only twice do we see Christ provision of food. Does a good meal mean someone will get saved, no, but it gives opportunity to talk to people. It gives opportunity for needs to be meet. It people demonstrating love. Yet we also see Jesus sitting at meals prepared for him by those in need of the message of salvation.
Jesus is the message of prophecy fullfilled, Jesus taught scripture but he was also fulfilling scripture. Eunuch recognized that Isaiah spoke of someone but not sure who it was. Philip told him Jesus. Jesus taught scripture but the disciples were to teach more then just scripture but the fullment of the prophecy in scripture. If anyone is confused on Christ teaching, remember the two parts prophecy and prophecy fullfilled needs teaching. What is prophecy but the hope and their is prophecy yet to be fulfilled with Christ return. Christ himself is prophecy and yet the fulfillment is to come. Are you ready for the return of Christ, or are you unbeliever still searching for the truth and need to believe in Jesus. Every eye will see the final fulfillment of scripture, of the return of Christ, some be late to the appearing who are unsaved, but they will be there.
Dear Heavenly Father may our hearts and soul believe unto salvation for eternity, Thank you for demonstrating the three parts of faith in the God head so readily in your word. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Thanksgiving Day Countdown: Day 9 Thank the Lord for his prophesy a guide to help understand it is reliable to our life
The other Thanksgiving Countdowns are marked by the prayers of thanksgiving at end of each devotion.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Isaiah 53:1-12 KJV
1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.