Can you see you in the Eunuch?

What in the world might this mean?

On Sunday, we will read the story of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch from Acts 8:26-40. Philip had been appointed by the apostles in Acts 6:5 to serve the needs of this new burgeoning Christian community. Philip ends up meeting an Ethiopian Eunuch (a Jewish man who was probably returning home from a festival celebration in Jerusalem. During the Babylonian exile, Jews had fled down into Egypt . They likely spread the faith south into Sudan and Ethiopia.)

This Eunuch is reading from the prophet Isaiah out loud. The Spirit encourages Philip to go and talk to this man and he asks, “Do you understand what you’re reading?” The Eunuch responds, “How can I, unless someone guides me?”

Can you see you in the Eunuch?

If you’ve ever read anything from the book of Isaiah (or, frankly, much of the Bible) on your own, I’m sure you can. Go ahead, here’s a link to the section of Scripture the Eunuch was reading. Go read it and see if it makes sense to you.

Most of us would say, “How am I supposed to understand this unless someone teaches me?”

So, Philip teaches about Jesus. And then the Eunuch wants to be baptized, so they go down to the river and Philip baptizes him.

We are wrapping up our sermon series on our 150 Year Old Mission by looking at this phrase, “We will achieve our objectives by the preaching of the Word of God, the administration of the sacraments, and the religious instruction of all its members according to the confessional standards of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.”

This is what Jesus commanded in Matthew 28. This is what Philip demonstrated to the Ethiopian Eunuch. This is why we gather on a weekly basis.

We need God’s Word to come to us clearly through preaching. We need the means of grace to forgive us through the sacraments. We need to desire ongoing religious instruction. We need all of this so that we, like Philip, can also be ready at all times to be led by the Spirit to proclaim the goodness of Jesus to others.

Alive in Christ!

Pastor Aaron