Summary: Remember God
Don’t Forget God
The story of the conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch has fascinated and blessed many readers of the Bible. The Ethiopian’s journey to Jerusalem, his meeting with Philip the evangelist, and his surrender to Jesus Christ, are very well known. However I wonder if the broader implications of this story have passed unnoticed.
We are all too familiar with the....
I. Strange Command (26)
Phillip is picked of God to leave a successful work in the city and despatched to a desert road to Gaza. Philip was involved in a work in Samaria that was very successful. Multitudes of people were coming to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Leave this revival to go to a desert place was the command. However, behind this command was the foreknowledge of God.
God is far more wiser than His children.
Phillip obeyed without questioning the Lord. From fruitful fields of multidues, he is directed to go to the desert where there appears only the carvan of some traveler returning from the city of Jerusalem. He did not know for what he was sent there, but that ignorance did not trouble or retard him.
The Holy Spirit needs willing, ready, and and obedient hearts.
II. Sacred Cause (27,28)
The eunuch has traveled to Jerusalem in search of some answers, but the bitter disappointment when his questions still went unanswered. However before he leaves he must have purchased a copy of the OT scriptures. He reads the writings of Isaiah looking for some key that would unlock the longing of his heart.
III Strategic Contact (29)
It is a great thing to be so in touch with heaven that our witness and our attempts at soul-winning are directed by the Holy Ghost.
Philip was the right man in the right place.
Three things contribute to his success in soul winning:
1. Following the Spirit got him to the right person.
2. Familiarity with the Scriptures gave him the right power.
3. Faithfulness to share gained the right profession.
Now, we could look at the story by observing the word “man.”
The sinner (27)
The soul-winner (31). The Word written prepared the way for the Word preached.
The Saviour (34)
However, I wonder if we have overlooked some of the broader implications of this story.
I. Don’t overlook God’s FAITHFULNESS
The event was a direct answer to prayer. Do you recall that long before the Ethiopian was born, King Solomon prayed for him?
See 1 Kings 8:41-43.
God is faithful to answer prayer. Believing prayer is a bridge that can be thrown across the centuries of time..
Prayer works because God works in response to the prayers of His children. Adoniram Judson once said, “I have never prayed sincerely for anything but it came, at some time....somehow....in some shape.”
In one region of Africa, the first converts to Christianity were very diligent about praying. In fact, the believers each had their own special place outside the village where they went to pray in solitude. The villagers reached these “prayer rooms” by using their own private footpaths through the brush. When grass began to grow over one of these trails, it was evident that the person to whom it belonged was not praying very much.