8:30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him.
I can't describe how beautiful this scene is to me. When I read God’s Word I try and look at each scene from every angle possible and take into consideration each character and each nuance. This eunuch from Ethiopia who is in charge of the royal treasury came to Jerusalem to worship. That in itself is amazing. Last night we had warm dry vehicles to drive the short distance to the church for worship. This man had to travel over 2500km in a chariot through mostly desert to get to Jerusalem. Imagine the atmosphere when he arrived! The city is divided. The massive curtain in the temple is perhaps still under repair. Half the city refuses to even talk about Jesus and the other half is being chased from their homes and thrown in prison for believing in Him. With no clear answers the Nobleman begins the long journey home pouring through the sacred writings of Isaiah trying to find answers.
God has no intention of leaving him without answers. He whispers to Philip to head for the wilderness. This brings us to a new angle in the story. Philip is busy. Really busy. The people of Samaria are eager to hear about Jesus. In the midst of his successful preaching God tells him to head for the wilderness. On no logic scale does this make any sense except for one. The simple logic that following God is always the right move no matter how illogical it may appear. Philip goes. That is the secret of his success. When God called him to preach to the "half breed" Samaritans he went. Now he's about his Father’s business again. We next find him running to this lone chariot. He hears the Ethiopian reading from Isaiah. He asks him if he understands. This nobleman in charge of the royal treasury of Ethiopia admits to a fisherman from Galilee that he does not and invites him into his chariot to help him.
Walls of pride and prejudice have no power in this story. The power of God’s Spirit wins the day. Two strangers find themselves in the most bizarre situation reading together words penned hundreds of years before. Words that are still changing lives today.
Tomorrow I'll share a video to show you just how powerful those words were as God's Spirit still is pursuing us in the wilderness of sin and hopelessness even today.