Acts 8:26-38 The Ethiopian Eunuch’s Baptism
“26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Ga’za, which is desert. 27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, 28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. 29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. 30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. 32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: 33 In his humiliation his judgement was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken rom the earth. 34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.”
This passage from Acts is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. It is one of the more shocking or surprising passages with how easily the Ethiopian Eunuch is persuaded by the word of God and Jesus Christ. All it took was one conversation with Philip and he was convinced, and as soon as he knew what needed to be done to be saved and to know Jesus he did not hesitate to do the right thing. He saw the water, he knew what needed to be done, and confessed Jesus as the Son of God and was baptized. I wish that everyone could have this kind of bravery and fearlessness like the eunuch did. We all like to question and have many concerns about who and what Jesus is, but if we would all just look at the knowledge of the book, the Bible, like the eunuch we would not have to worry so much about where our life is going and not have to fill it with earthly things.
There is this song on K-Love called “Old Church Choir” by Zach Williams that I absolutely love listening to. It is one of those songs that just makes you want to sing your heart out and dance in the car. 🙂 I have kind of, hopefully, made a connection with this song and the Ethiopian eunuch. The Bible doesn’t tell us anything else about the eunuch’s life and what happens after he was saved and baptized. So I have made my own conclusions on how maybe he would be living his life after: he has praises, joy and happiness, and everlasting faith in the Lord.
“It’s the rhythm of a gospel song
Oh, once you choose it, you cant lose it
There ain’t nothing, there ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy
I got an Old Church Choir singing in my soul
I got a sweet salvation and it’s beautiful
I’ve got a heart overflowing ’cause I’ve been restored
There ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy
No, there ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy” by Zach Williams, the chorus of “Old Church Choir”
In the song, it says that once you have it, meaning knowing Jesus, you won’t be able to lose it very easily and even if you think you are lost, God will always find his way to get back into your life. We pray to stay close to Him when we are actually close or feeling distant from Him. We sing in church to praise Him and raise our voices to Him. These bible verses reflect how I think that the Ethiopian eunuch would be praising and living his life now that he was saved.
–“Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.” -James 5:13
–“Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.”- 1 Chronicles 16:11 KJV
–“The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.” – Psalms 34:17 KJV
–“Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.”- Psalms 101:6 KJV
–“Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;”- Romans 12:12 KJV
–“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”- Isaiah 40:31 KJV
–“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.”- Psalms 28:7 KJV
–“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,”- Galatians 5:22 KJV
–“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”- 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV
–“For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”- Matthew 7:8 KJV
The lesson that we all need to learn from the Ethiopian eunuch is that we need to trust in the Lord, that he will show us the way that we need to be walking and that we should not be scared of knowing the knowledge of Jesus Christ. It will bring you all the joy to your life knowing Him, and all of the comfort you need as well.
As always, if you have any questions, please ask, and seek for someone to help you learn more about Jesus.