1st Sunday in July
But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, "Arise and go south to the road
that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza." (This is a desert road) And he arose and
went; and behold, there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen
of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem
to worship. And he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the
prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, "Go up and join this chariot."
And when Philip had run up, he heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, "Do
you understand what you are reading?" And he said, "Well, how could I, unless someone
guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of
Scripture which he was reading was this: "He was led as a sheep to slaughter; and
as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so He does not open His mouth. In humiliation
His judgment was taken away; who shall relate His generation? For His life is removed
from the earth."
And the eunuch answered Philip and said, "Please tell me of whom does the prophet
say this? Of himself, or of someone else?" And Philip opened his mouth, and beginning
from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him.
And as they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, "Look!
Water! What prevents me from being baptized?" And Philip said, "If you believe with
all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ
is the Son of God." And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down
into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they
came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch
saw him no more, but went on his way rejoicing. Acts 8:26-39 (NAS)
Where did this man from Ethiopia first learn about the prophecy of the death of
Jesus? From the Book of ______.
After Philip "preached Jesus to" this man from Ethiopia, what did the man ask after
seeing some water?
Suggested Bible Reading for Month:
July 1-7:New Testament -- Acts 7:1 - Acts 9:43. Old Testament -- 2 Chronicles 18
- 2 Chronicles 34.
July 8-14: New Testament-- Acts 10:1 - Acts 14:28. Old Testament -- 2 Chronicles
35 - Nehemiah 5.
July 15-21: New Testament -- Acts 15:1 - Acts 18:28. Old Testament -- Nehemiah 6
- Esther 10.
July 22-31: New Testament -- Acts 19:1 - Acts 24:27. Old Testament -- Job 1 - Job
An angel of the Lord spoke to Philip. The angel said, "Get ready and go south. Go
to the road that leads down to Gaza from Jerusalem--the road that goes through the
desert." So Philip got ready and went. On the road he saw a man from Ethiopia. This
man was a eunuch. He was an important officer in the service of Candace, the queen
of the Ethiopians. He was responsible for taking care of all her money. This man
had gone to Jerusalem to worship. Now he was on his way home. He was sitting in
his chariot and reading from the book of Isaiah, the prophet. The Spirit said to
Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it."
So Philip went toward the chariot, and he heard the man reading. He was reading
from Isaiah, the prophet. Philip said to him, "Do you understand what you are reading?"
The man said, "How can I understand? I need some person to explain it to me!" Then
he invited Philip to climb in and sit with him. The part of Scripture that he was
reading was this: "He was like a sheep when it is taken to be killed. He was like
a lamb that makes no sound when someone cuts off its wool. He said nothing. He was
shamed, and all his rights were taken away. His life on earth was ended. There will
be no story about his family (descendants)." (Isaiah 53:7-8)
The officer said to Philip, "Please, tell me, who is the prophet talking about?
Is he talking about himself or about someone else?" Philip began to speak. He started
with this same Scripture and told the man the Good News about Jesus.
While they were traveling down the road, they came to some water. The officer said,
"Look! Here is water! What is stopping me from being baptized?" Then the officer
commanded the chariot to stop. Both Philip and the officer went down into the water,
and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord
took Philip away; the officer never saw him again. The officer continued on his
way home. He was very happy. Acts 8:26-39 (ERV)
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