Sometimes it just happens.  Someone begins asking questions about God, or the church, or the gospel… and before we know it, he or she has practically unrolled a red carpet to be led to Jesus Christ.  That’s what happened when the Ethiopian eunuch crossed paths with Philip.

Ethiopia is the same country that was called Cush in the Old Testament.  It was – and is – south of Egypt, in Africa… hundreds of miles from Israel.  During the time of the Babylonian conquest of Judah, many Jews fled to Ethiopia to escape.

By the time of the New Testament, Ethiopia had been ruled by several queens, all taking the title Candace – much like the title of Caesar in the Roman Empire.

I.  The Charge Given to the Eunuch (Acts 8:27)

This eunuch was a government official of this kingdom, and he had been to Jerusalem on business… and had evidently purchased an Old Testament scroll of the book of Isaiah there.

II.  The Confusion of the Eunuch (Acts 8:28-34)

God led Philip, a Christian leader/deacon/evangelist, to go down to Gaza… where he crossed paths with the Ethiopian’s chariot at just the right time.  As they entered into conversation… and the eunuch asked Philip who Isaiah was talking about in Isaiah 53.

III.  The Clarification to the Eunuch  (Acts 8:35)

Philip told him this referred to Jesus… and began to tell him more about Jesus.

IV.  The Conversion of the Eunuch (Acts 8:36,37)

The eunuch became a believer in Jesus as the Christ, and then was baptized.

Philip was then led by the Spirit to Azotus, and the eunuch went on his way rejoicing (Acts 8:26-40).

LifeAPP:

If this eunuch had been a typical politician, he would have had little use for Scripture reading.  A man concerned with power and self-interest would not have been concerned with self-reflection.  A man too calloused to hear the words of Is. 53 would not have cared about the “Suffering Servant” he read about.  But this man’s heart was open to hearing about Jesus.

How often do you listen with your heart as you read the Scriptures?  Or hear a sermon?  Or seek advice?  Have an open mind.  Have a softened heart.  Let the truth of what you hear grab your attention.

*  The Scriptures change soft hearts.

You can read the story of the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts 8:26-40.

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