At the insistence of an angel and the Spirit, Philip approaches a chariot. “So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ And he said, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him”(Acts 8:30-31). Philip’s question may sound offensive—as if it assumes that the eunuch didn’t understand—yet is really simply an invitation to further discussion about the meaning of the passage. The man’s zeal is obvious (since he is reading Isaiah while riding home in a chariot) but here he demonstrates his humility, asking this complete stranger to guide him.
He is reading from Isaiah 53, which describes the suffering of the messiah. Someone is led silently to the slaughter and killed unjustly. But who? “And the eunuch said to Philip, ‘About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?’”(Acts 8:34). This is both the key question of the text and the question that Philip is best qualified to answer. “Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with the Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus”(Acts 8:35). Starting right where they are, he speaks about Jesus, the true subject of Isaiah 53.
“Beginning with this Scripture” means that Philip starts precisely where the eunuch is and takes him from there to Jesus. It also implies that he could start anywhere in Scripture and find his way to Jesus—if not this Scripture, then some other. In our interactions with others, we must learn to start where they are, answering their questions, and taking them to Jesus. -----------------
One thing to think about: Am I prepared to tell other people about Jesus?
One thing to pray for: The humility of the eunuch that is always ready to learn
Left off from yesterday (sorry :) )
One thing to think about: How can I be a blessing to the people I will encounter today?
One thing to pray for: A deeper sense of God’s providential hand in my life
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