In Your Bible: Acts 8:1-40

It was the worst of times. it was the best of times. Persecution raged against the new believers, which prompted the Holy Spirit to intervene. God worked, the apostles witnessed, God’s message spread, and needy people received healing in every town in Samaria. The Holy Spirit did and does amazing things to proclaim Jesus Christ.

In Samaria

Because of the great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, most believers scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria.

The apostle Philip went to the city of Samaria to proclaim Christ to the crowds. They received his testimony and saw many signs, wonders, and healings. Yes, there was much rejoicing. When the apostles, who remained in Jerusalem, heard the good news was received, there they rejoiced. Immediately they sent Peter and John so these believers might receive the Holy Spirit also. Alleluia, they did receive the Spirit.

With the Eunuch

Next, an angel from God spoke to Philip. His message: simply go to a desert road (one that ran from Jerusalem to Gaza). That’s all the angel said. Philip did as the angel commanded. He met an Ethiopian Eunuch, sitting in a carriage reading Scripture from the Prophet Isaiah:

He was oppressed and treated harshly,
    yet he never said a word.
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
    And as a sheep is silent before the shearers,
    he did not open his mouth.
Unjustly condemned,
    he was led away.
No one cared that he died without descendants,
    that his life was cut short in midstream.
But he was struck down
    for the rebellion of my people (Isa 53:7b-8 NLT).

Philip asked the Eunuch if he understood what he was reading. The eunuch replied no, he couldn’t and asked Philip to tell him know what it meant. Then, beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus (See Acts 8:35 NLT).

The church developed from a purely Jewish institution. Then, through persecution the Good News reached the Gentiles. This confounded the entire world. Yes, the Holy Spirit did the and does now amazing things to proclaim Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Father, I do believe the Good News about Jesus the Christ. Give me strength and willingness to respond to all you want me to do.

Questions: How can we, as believers, listen to God’s message or even his messenger and respond to what He says? Are you prepared to respond even if you don’t understand?

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