The Ethiopian Eunuch

Today's Bible reading: Acts 8:26-40

This account not only illustrates the sudden spread of the Gospel beyond Jewish borders … it also highlights the motivating power behind the expansion.  It’s the Spirit who leads Philip to meet the Eunuch.  This African man has been in Jerusalem to worship in the Temple and is apparently a God-fearer – a Gentile who has learned of the true God and His Word from Jews that he has come in contact with.  It’s also the Spirit who terminates this meeting after the man has been baptized.  Luke again shows how the Scriptures of the Old Testament proclaim Christ – in this instance as the suffering servant of Isaiah 53.  That this African is truly a believer cannot be doubted – he goes on his way rejoicing … and - just as for us in our lives -  joy is the mark of one who has heard the Gospel!

Prayer: Father, through Your Holy Spirit, rekindle my desire to read and hear Your Word, acknowledge Your gifts in Baptism, and respond with joy and care for others.  Amen

GOD BLESS YOUR DAY!