Philip Baptizes the Ethiopian – Acts 8

Philip went and joined the Eunuch. He was reading from Isaiah 53 7-8 specifically at that time, which says:

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 074

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 074 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.

By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people?

Philip asked him if he understood what he was reading, and the Ethiopian invited him to come up into the chariot with him. Peter explained this well-known passage as it applied to Jesus, and he used that opportunity to preach Christ crucified to him. Coming upon water, the Ethiopian asked Philip to baptize him. Afterward, the Eunuch went on his way, rejoicing.


One cannot help but wonder how many others this Eunuch taught upon his return to Ethiopia. But afterward, Philip “found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.” The words “found himself” suggest that the Spirit carried him away by divine intervention.


(This year’s reading plan for Luke, Acts, and 1 and 2 Chronicles averages just 15 verses per day – 5 days per week!)
Schedule for this week

Read or listen to audio of today’s selection from Acts here
Read or listen to audio of today’s selection from 2 Chronicles here


/Bob’s boy




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