The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, ‘Be ready to set out at noon along the road that goes from Jerusalem down to Gaza, the desert road.’ So he set off on his journey. Now it happened that an Ethiopian had been on pilgrimage to Jerusalem; he was a eunuch and an officer at the court of the kandake, or queen, of Ethiopia, and was in fact her chief treasurer.
He was now on his way home; and as he sat in his chariot he was reading the prophet Isaiah. The Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go up and meet that chariot.’ When Philip ran up, he heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ ‘How can I’ he replied ‘unless I have someone to guide me?’ So he invited Philip to get in and sit by his side. Now the passage of scripture he was reading was this:
Like a sheep that is led to the slaughter-house,
like a lamb that is dumb in front of its shearers,
like these he never opens his mouth.
He has been humiliated and has no one to defend him.
Who will ever talk about his descendants,
since his life on earth has been cut short!
The eunuch turned to Philip and said, ‘Tell me, is the prophet referring to himself or someone else?’ Starting, therefore, with this text of scripture Philip proceeded to explain the Good News of Jesus to him.
Further along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, ‘Look, there is some water here; is there anything to stop me being baptised?’ He ordered the chariot to stop, then Philip and the eunuch both went down into the water and Philip baptised him. But after they had come up out of the water again Philip was taken away by the Spirit of the Lord, and the eunuch never saw him again but went on his way rejoicing. Philip found that he had reached Azotus and continued his journey proclaiming the Good News in every town as far as Caesarea.
Scripture: The words in the scripture that spoke to me today are
He who comes to me will never be hungry;
he who believes in me will never thirst.
Observation: What is Jesus saying personally to me today – Interconnected, be Open and receptive
Here we have God the Father drawing the Ethiopian to the scriptures, His response to read, Phillips awareness of Jesus and the way in which he allows himself to be led by the Holy Spirit to approach the Ethiopian. Father, Son, Holy Spirit moving in amongst humanity all interconnected, all linked in being open and receptive to each other. Nothing is excluded from this relationship way of being, the relationship of the trinity and with each one us, all we have to do is be open and receptive.
Thank you for speaking to me Jesus
Application: How do I respond to what Jesus is saying today, right now?
As I do my daily readings in solitude, my ministries in isolation from others, whom may help me understand more deeply and allow the spirit to speak through them. I, like the Ethiopian, sometimes struggle with understanding the scriptures, struggle with trying to work it out by myself even though I know that the one on one relationship with Jesus is all providing. So today I will be calling a friend that lives 800kms away as I sense that there is something that the spirit is wanting me to know through Him.
may I be open and receptive to the way in which we are all connected through you.
I now seek to hear your words, messages and teachings in anyone that guide me towards.
May your grace help to see you in others and see the things that I cannot see by myself.