Monday, June 23, 2014

Thought of the Day !!

As for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, "Go south down the desert road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza." So he started out, and he met the treasurer of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under the Kandake, the queen of Ethiopia. The eunuch had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and he was now returning. Seated in his carriage, he was reading aloud from the book of the prophet Isaiah. The Holy Spirit said to Philip, "Go over and walk along beside the carriage."
                                                                     Acts 8:26-29 (NLT)

Before Jesus ascended he told the disciples that they would witnesses to the ends of the earth.  Here we see Philip being used to witness to an Ethiopian.  This is important because Ethiopia was considered to be at the end of the earth at that time by the Greeks and the Romans.  It was the land that was south of Egypt and at the end of the known world.

This particular Ethiopian was a Eunuch, who also held a high position in service to the queen of Ethiopia.  Being a Eunuch means that he had been castrated, which was not that unusual for someone who would serve under a queen or over a king’s harem.  This would ensure he didn’t try anything. 

So why is this an important tidbit for Luke to mention?  Because this meant that he was not only a Gentile but also unclean since the law considered him permanently blemished. 

So Philip is being led by an Angel of the Lord to bring the Good News to an unclean Gentile, someone the Jews would NEVER approach.  Might there be someone whom you will meet today that you may consider “unclean”?  Is it possible that God would have you approach these people and share the love of Christ with them?

In the love of Christ,


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