Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch (19 of 24) by Daniel Rodgers

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Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch (19 of 24)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles: A Verse-by-Verse Study
Dan Rodgers
Acts 8:26-40
January 23, 2008

INTRODUCTION: In our lesson last week, we found Philip in Samaria, preaching the gospel. Many were saved, including Simon the sorcerer. This shows the grace and the power of God. God is willing to save any man who is willing to listen to the truth.

Our lesson this evening takes us down to the desert area in Gaza. There is much in the news today about Gaza. You will remember that Israel recently turned the Gaza strip over to the Palestinians; they've had nothing but trouble since.

God had a special reason for sending Philip to the desert, as we will see. Let me give you an outline to our lesson:

I. A Clarion Call
II. A Clear Communication
III. A Cheerful Conclusion

I. A CLARION CALL

A. The Messenger (vs. 26a)
1. There are times when the term, "Angel of the Lord" refers to the Lord Himself--for example, the Lord's appearance to Abraham or the Lord's appearance to Gideon; but in this particular passage, the "angel of the Lord" simply refers to God's messenger. The Greek word for angel means messenger.

a. When God speaks--be it through an angel, His written Word or through the preacher, we ought to listen, amen? Philip was listening.

B. The Message (vs. 26b)

1. How interesting, Philip had just experienced one of the most amazing events of his life--such and outpouring of the Holy Spirit, with many coming to Christ; and now he is told to leave and go down to the desert and find one man, a eunuch from Egypt. It makes me think of two things:

a. First, sometimes God leads us to the most unlikely places. That's why we should always be sensitive to the Lord's leading. Maybe, for example, you hadn't planned to take the Light Rail train today, but for some reason, you did, and you were able to give a tract to someone. Maybe you hadn't planned on standing in line at DM ...


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