Daily Truth Bible Study for Acts 8:26-40 Bible Study Bible Study Bible Study
This time we look at a wonderful passage that explains a bit about a Christian’s role in the sharing of the faith with another. I am not saying that this passage depicts the only prescribed way for sharing the faith, I am saying that this is a definite example of how God worked and He likely continues to work in this way at times.
Philip had been with the others in Samaria and is told by an angel to go to a road that is to the south and connects Jerusalem to Gaza. Philip arose and went. Now, this is not a great deal of information. I don’t know about you but I like to have all of the information and all of the control when I leave to go somewhere. Philip was immediately compliant and went to the place he was instructed to go.
Philip sees someone in a chariot traveling down the road. We are told in scripture that it is a servant who is the chief treasurer of the Ethiopian Queen, Candace. He had been to Jerusalem to worship and was returning to his country. He was reading from the book of Isaiah as the chariot slowly traveled along the road.
Philip knows nothing about who is riding in the chariot. He can tell it is someone important because an official of a nation rarely traveled without an entourage. So, after seeing this, Philip is told by the angel to go to chariot. We do not know if he is told anything else but it doesn’t really matter. Philip was obedient.
Let’s look at a few things about this situation. Philip is apparently sent into a blind situation. He is sent to an unknown destination, he is sent to an unknown person, and he does not know exactly what he is to do.
This holds some insight for each of us. We should be ready to go anywhere, anytime, and to anyone. How can we do this? Philip was committed to serve Christ. He was ready, willing, and able. Part of this was due to his relationship with Christ. He also had confidence in God’s power and he was willing to enter any situation in order to spread the word of God.
We could have hemmed and hawed about our not knowing where we were going, who we were going to see, whether there was danger, whether we were prepared to encounter someone of notoriety… the list could go on for a while. Philip was simply ready and willing and able. The scripture records no hesitation on his part.
Once we are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus as our Savior, we should then prepare to be able to tell this wonderful story to others. We do not have to memorize presentation methods or techniques. We simply need to be able to show from scripture who God is, how we are lost in sin, and how Jesus came to save and accomplished His work for our benefit.
Philip hears the servant reading from Isaiah. Philip had to have known this part of God’ s word as well because he recognized it. Philip had an immediate opening and asked if the servant understood what he was reading. The servant did not and asked Philip for help.
We are to assume the man was convicted in his soul to read God’s word seeking to understand. God sent Philip to guide him. What must have been frustrating to the servant turned into a wonderful experience. Philip explained that Isaiah was referring to Jesus who was the Messiah. The servant immediately believed and asked to be baptised.
Notice there are no techniques used by Philip. He did not need them. He simply explained that Jesus fit all of the criteria to be the Messiah and had proven Himself so with many signs and wonders. Verse 35 says that Philip began with Isaiah and preached Jesus so we are to assume that he preached everything known about Jesus. This had to have been a truly exciting time for the servant and for Philip.
I do not believe Philip was interested in knotching his Bible with another ‘number’ to be bragged about in church next week. He was sincere and interested only in doing God’s work. God changed the servant’s life that day. Philip did not do it. The chariot did not do it. The water did not do it. All of these things were tools in the process. God was the power.
We are to follow God’s sovereign will. We will not likely hear a voice or see and angel but we do not need to. When we see or hear people struggling in life, it is a clear indication that they need to hear God’s word. God may be in the process of converting them or the person may be resistant. That is not for us to be concerned over. We must be faithful to Him. We must put aside our pride and be willing to be laughed at, criticised, and even impugned in order to be faithful to God’s call. We are to take His word to the world.
Philip went into a blind situation. The servant could have been a criminal or a hater of God’s people. Philip, like Stephen, could have wound up a martyr. He was obedient, however, and God used Philip to accomplish His plan.