[Linux4christians] Thursday - Acts 8:4-40
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
Wed Oct 19 08:59:10 EDT 2011
Philip Preaches in Samaria
8:4 Now those who had been forced to scatter went around proclaiming the
good news of the word. 8:5 Philip went down to the main city of Samaria
and began proclaiming the Christ to them. 8:6 The crowds were paying
attention with one mind to what Philip said, as they heard and saw the
miraculous signs he was performing. 8:7 For unclean spirits, crying with
loud shrieks, were coming out of many who were possessed, and many
paralyzed and lame people were healed. 8:8 So there was great joy in
8:9 Now in that city was a man named Simon, who had been practicing
magic and amazing the people of Samaria, claiming to be someone great.
8:10 All the people, from the least to the greatest, paid close
attention to him, saying, "This man is the power of God that is called
'Great.'" 8:11 And they paid close attention to him because he had
amazed them for a long time with his magic. 8:12 But when they believed
Philip as he was proclaiming the good news about the kingdom of God and
the name of Jesus Christ, they began to be baptized, both men and women.
8:13 Even Simon himself believed, and after he was baptized, he stayed
close to Philip constantly, and when he saw the signs and great miracles
that were occurring, he was amazed.
8:14 Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted
the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. 8:15 These two went
down and prayed for them so that they would receive the Holy Spirit.
8:16 (For the Spirit had not yet come upon any of them, but they had
only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) 8:17 Then Peter and
John placed their hands on the Samaritans, and they received the Holy
8:18 Now Simon, when he saw that the Spirit was given through the laying
on of the apostles' hands, offered them money, 8:19 saying, "Give me
this power too, so that everyone I place my hands on may receive the
Holy Spirit." 8:20 But Peter said to him, "May your silver perish with
you, because you thought you could acquire God's gift with money! 8:21
You have no share or part in this matter because your heart is not right
before God! 8:22 Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray
to the Lord that he may perhaps forgive you for the intent of your
heart. 8:23 For I see that you are bitterly envious and in bondage to
sin." 8:24 But Simon replied, "You pray to the Lord for me so that
nothing of what you have said may happen to me."
8:25 So after Peter and John had solemnly testified and spoken the word
of the Lord, they started back to Jerusalem, proclaiming the good news
to many Samaritan villages as they went.
Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch
8:26 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Get up and go south on
the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." (This is a desert
road.) 8:27 So he got up and went. There he met an Ethiopian eunuch, a
court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of
all her treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship, 8:28 and was
returning home, sitting in his chariot, reading the prophet Isaiah. 8:29
Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go over and join this chariot." 8:30 So
Philip ran up to it and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. He
asked him, "Do you understand what you're reading?" 8:31 The man
replied, "How in the world can I, unless someone guides me?" So he
invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 8:32 Now the passage of
scripture the man was reading was this:
/*and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,*/
/*Who can describe his posterity?*/
8:34 Then the eunuch said to Philip, "Please tell me, who is the prophet
saying this about -- himself or someone else?" 8:35 So Philip started
speaking, and beginning with this scripture proclaimed the good news
about Jesus to him. 8:36 Now as they were going along the road, they
came to some water, and the eunuch said, "Look, there is water! What is
to stop me from being baptized?" 8:37 [[EMPTY]] 8:38 So he ordered the
chariot to stop, and both Philip and the eunuch went down into the
water, and Philip baptized him. 8:39 Now when they came up out of the
water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away, and the eunuch did
not see him any more, but went on his way rejoicing. 8:40 Philip,
however, found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through the area, he
proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.
Lord, You empowered those whom You called, and You redeemed good from
Saul's evil intent by using the flight of disciples to spread Your Word
even further. May I trust You to provide whatever I need to do whatever
You ask me to do.
Summary & Commentary
As the disciples fled Jerusalem in the face of Saul's persecution they
were dispersed in Samaria and beyond. The unintended, by Saul,
consequence was that the Word was also dispersed.
Philip preached Christ in Samaria and performed "miraculous signs" of
healing and the casting-out of demons. [Note: This was the second
non-Apostle, Stephen was the other (Acts 6:8) reported as exercising
this sort of power.]
A "magician" called Simon had claimed greatness to himself through acts
of "magic" yet as the people around him heard Philip and were baptized,
even Simon believed and was baptized. Simon then followed Philip closely
in awe of the power flowing through him.
Peter and John came to Samaria to pray that the Holy Spirit would come
upon the people there. They had been baptized, similar to those baptized
by John the Baptist, but they had not yet received the Holy Spirit.
[Note: The Apostles were among the few who had not fled in the face of
Saul's persecution in Jerusalem.]
Simon remains confused and still trapped in his desire to be the focus
of attention and the conduit of power, thus he asks the Apostles to sell
him the ability to lay-on hands for the delivery of the Holy Spirit to
people. Their discernment tells them that his heart is filled with envy,
not a desire to serve others, so they rebuke him sternly and instruct
him to pray that the Lord may forgive him. They then returned to
Jerusalem, proclaiming Christ along the way.
An angel directed Philip to leave Samaria and follow the
desert/wilderness road that connected Jerusalem to Gaza. Along the way
he observed an Ethiopian eunuch, a high official to Queen Candace of the
Ethiopians. After visiting the Pentecost celebrations in Jerusalem he
was reading Isaiah as he traveled. The Holy Spirit prompted Philip to
approach him and ask if he understood what he was reading - he invited
Philip to explain Isaiah 53:7-8, which he did.
Philip explained how this OT verse prophesied Jesus. The Ethiopian
Eunuch immediately asked to be baptized, which Philip did, then the Holy
Spirit immediately relocated Philip to Azotus (a city on the southern
coast of Palestine). The Eunuch went away rejoicing.
Philip proclaimed the good news of Jesus the Christ from Azotus to
Observe the sequence of faithful obedience which resulted in the baptism
of the Ethiopian Eunuch; Philip travels where directed, Philip
approaches the Eunuch, the Eunuch requests discipleship, Philip shares
what God has taught him, the Eunuch requests baptism.
When have you observed someone claiming to be a follower of Biblical
Christianity, and even assumed a role in leadership based on a
charismatic personality, but then was exposed as a charlatan whose focus
was really on their own popularity, power, and profit.?
The Ethiopian Eunuch was so teachable that the moment he understood what
the Lord God wanted him to do he humbled himself and did so.
When have you observed that the enemy/the world had successfully
attacked a Biblically-faithful ministry then God redeemed it to an even
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to pray for greater patience and
discernment within the family of believers as they select and submit to
spiritual shepherds at any level.
Today I commit to be available and teachable as the Holy Spirit leads
and directs so that He may use me as effectively as He did Philip. I
surrender that place of resistance to change and/or risk that I have
allowed to be an impediment to Him.
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David M. Colburn, DMin. MaCo
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