Daily Bible Reading

January 24th, 2011

Acts 8:26-40 (GNT)

Confess Jesus as Lord

Introduction

Acts 8:26-40: An angel of the Lord commands Philip to go towards Gaza, to meet an Ethiopian eunuch. He goes, meets, and converses with the eunuch, helps him interpret the prophecy of Isaiah, preaches the Good News of Jesus to him, and baptizes him. The Spirit of God carries Philip to Azotus, passing through which, he preaches in all the cities till he comes to Caesarea.

Today's Scripture: Acts 8:30b, 31a

[Philip] asked him, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The official replied, “How can I understand unless someone explains it to me?”

Today's Reading

26 An angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get ready and go south to the road that goes from Jerusalem to Gaza. ” (This road is not used nowadays.) 27-28 So Philip got ready and went. Now an Ethiopian eunuch, who was an important official in charge of the treasury of the queen of Ethiopia, was on his way home. He had been to Jerusalem to worship God and was going back home in his carriage. As he rode along, he was reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah. 29 The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to that carriage and stay close to it.” 30 Philip ran over and heard him reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah. He asked him, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 The official replied, “How can I understand unless someone explains it to me?” And he invited Philip to climb up and sit in the carriage with him. 32 The passage of scripture which he was reading was this: “He was like a sheep that is taken to be slaughtered, like a lamb that makes no sound when its wool is cut off. He did not say a word. 33 He was humiliated, and justice was denied him. No one will be able to tell about his descendants, because his life on earth has come to an end.” 34 The official asked Philip, “Tell me, of whom is the prophet saying this? Of himself or of someone else?” 35 Then Philip began to speak; starting from this passage of scripture, he told him the Good News about Jesus. 36 As they traveled down the road, they came to a place where there was some water, and the official said, “Here is some water. What is to keep me from being baptized?” 38 The official ordered the carriage to stop, and both Philip and the official went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took Philip away. The official did not see him again, but continued on his way, full of joy. 40 Philip found himself in Azotus; he went on to Caesarea, and on the way he preached the Good News in every town.

Reflect

Philip helps the official understand the meaning of a Scripture passage. What is it that makes Scripture difficult to understand when reading it alone? What books, people, or other resources do you turn to in order to help you understand Scripture? How can consulting different sources deepen your understanding?

Pray

Lord God, giver of wisdom, open my eyes and my heart to the meaning of your Word for my life and for the world. May I seek your wisdom through the resources you give us, and share my understanding of your Word with others. Amen.

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