Ears to Hear

Read Acts 8:27-31  “And he (Philip) rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.”

There are so many unique and interesting facets of this story in Acts. The first is the fact that an Ethiopian eunuch has been to Jerusalem to worship the one, true God. According to Jewish Law (Deut 23), the eunuch would not have actually been allowed in the temple to worship in public. At the most he would could have been admitted into the Court of Gentiles. He was from an area near modern Sudan and based on traveling twenty-five miles a day, the trip to Jerusalem would have taken anywhere from 48-60 days, one way. This is quite an undertaking of time and finances for this man and his entourage. And now he is headed home and on the desert road toward Gaza, reading a handwritten copy of the book of Isaiah. 

Enter Philip. Remember, an angel of the Lord instructed him to leave Samaria and go to that exact desert road. Philip immediately went, even though he had no idea why he was going or what was in store for him. The Scripture says very plainly, “So he got up and went.” No negotiating, no refusing, just quick obedience on Philip’s part. And now, in verses twenty-nine and thirty, we see him doing the same thing. This time we are told the Spirit told Philip to go join the chariot and once again, Philip didn’t hesitate…in fact, it says he ran to the chariot. Philip is such a good example for us today. First, he was listening for the Spirit to be able to send him. Second, he was immediately obedient. And lastly, he was excited to share what he knew about Jesus and help the Ethiopian interpret the Scriptures.

Listen. Obey. Share. 

Let’s all be committed to following Philip’s example.  

Are you listening for the Spirit to give you instruction to do God’s work or to talk to people, help people in need? Do you pay enough attention? Are you really listening? 

Are you spreading the Good News like we are instructed?

Ask God today to give you spiritual ears to hear His voice and to be immediately obedient. If you need help studying the Bible, reach out to someone today and set up a discipleship relationship or join a Bible study.