READ: Acts 8:26-40
- When you read your Bible regularly you begin to get used to stories that should “Wow” you. This is one of those. This man from Ethiopia (obviously a Gentile) has been to Jerusalem to worship (somehow, he has come to know God from among the Egyptian gods). He’s an official in the queen’s court (he has a powerful social standing). He’s a eunuch, which forbids him to worship in the temple except he must know the Old Testament well because there’s a great promise there that in the future kingdom, eunuchs are given a place (Isaiah 56:3-5).
- All that should produce a “Wow” from all of us. But we tend to become immune to the power of the story. And that’s just the eunuch. Here Philip is in the right place paying attention to what God wants. The eunuch is reading possibly the most significant passage in Isaiah about Jesus (Isaiah 53). And God, the Spirit, speaks to Philip to go join the chariot. And he does. And the eunuch asks him to join him, and to explain to him the passage of Scripture he was reading. And he does.
- Well, what he does is tell him about the Jesus whom Isaiah describes. And in the process of hearing about Jesus, the eunuch decides he wants to be a believer. So, they stop the chariot and he baptizes him right there and then. No delay. No further discussion. Historians wonder if this isn’t the way that the Christian faith first came to Ethiopia. Maybe this powerful, unusual incident started the whole thing. Wouldn’t that be a “Wow” idea?
- Describe a “Wow” moment you’ve observed with God.
- Why do you think we grow somewhat immune to such moments?
- Who was Philip in your life?
PRAY: Thank God for the marvelous things He does. Pray you do not become inured to them. Commit yourself to greater sensitivity to His actions.