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Summary: A study of the book of Acts 8: 26 - 40

Acts 8: 26 - 40

Just Go, Will Ya?

26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. 27 So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.” 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. 32 The place in the Scripture which he read was this: “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer is silent, So He opened not His mouth. 33 In His humiliation His justice was taken away, And who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth.” 34 So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. 36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” 37 Then 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.” 38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. 39 Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azotus. And passing through, he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea.

A statement we have all heard most likely from our parents is, ‘"I hope your child turns out just like you" You were told to do something and of course you want to know the reason why. What is the answer you get from the parents? - Because I told you so.?

So, I guess I inherited the gift of annoying people by asking questions that pricked nerves. Here are a few of my search for answers that did not get the response I had hoped for;

. At the Police academy I frustrated the instructor by asking ‘why do I have to tell a street mime I arrest that he has the right to remain silent? Why do they sterilize the needles for lethal injections? Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways? Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour? At the crime scene if a smurf gets chocked what color does it turn?’ What do they call male meter maids? How can they arrest someone for being 'legally drunk'? If it's legal, why is there a problem? If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing? Why aren't lawyers sworn in during trials?

At the airport I asked if the black box always survives a crash why they don’t make the whole plane out of the black box metal. Do the security guards at airports have to go through airport security when they get to work?

. At the grocery I seem to irritate the workers by asking ‘why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons. Why is there an expiration date on my sour cream container? Why do croutons come in airtight packages? Aren't they just stale bread to begin with? Why do they call the little candy bars "fun sizes". Wouldn't it be more fun to eat a big one? How can something be "new" and "improved"? if it's new, what was it improving on? If parents say, "Never take candy from strangers" then why do we celebrate Halloween?

At my bank I asked the teller, ‘Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad of the drive-up ATM? How did a fool and his money get together in the first place? If money doesn't grow on trees then why do banks have branches?

I think my philosophy professor had to go get some intense counseling when I kept on asking why question to him such as,’ If all is not lost, where is it? If man evolved from monkeys, how come we still have monkeys? Can you daydream at night? If pro and con are opposites, wouldn't the opposite of progress be congress? Can a short person "talk down" to a taller person? If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME stuff, why didn't he just buy dinner? Why do people say "heads up" when you should duck? If one man says, "it was an uphill battle," and another says, "it went downhill from there," how could they both be having trouble? Why is it "a penny for your thoughts", but you "put your two cents in"? If quitters never win, why do they tell us to quit while we're ahead? If there's an exception to every rule, is there an exception to that rule?

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