We Might Look Crazy But We're Not
Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” — Acts 8:26-29
Philip is a little all over the place in this chapter. And by this way, this chapter holds pretty much all we know about this guy. First, we encounter him in Jerusalem, and he becomes one of the seven leaders who serve the massive growing needs of the church. Second, we catch up with him on his trip north of Jerusalem in the region of Samaria, and here he is leading some fascinating people to Christ, which results in a massive explosion of growth. Third, now Philip is somewhere south of Jerusalem, traveling on a road through the Judean Desert. And on this road, he encounters someone very unique — a eunuch.
Now, what's a eunuch? Eunuchs were castrated men who typically served royalty. Castration involved removing a man's testicles — not the other part. This was done to reduce the amount of testosterone and eliminate sperm production in a man's body. Therefore you can gather why a king or queen would demand castration for serving in a royal kingdom. In this situation, this eunuch was coming from the Temple in Jerusalem, signifying that he was probably a Jewish convert. And on the way home from his journey from the temple, he was reading (in a high-pitched voice) from a familiar but exceedingly expensive scroll. The Isaiah scroll.
But what I want you to see is that Philip appears to be very haphazard and all over the place. One moment he's north in Samaria in a city devout Jews don't go. The next, he is down in the middle of the desert on a lonely road. And while all this may appear haphazard, it's not. The Holy Spirit is directing Philip to speak and to share the gospel with some very influential people. First, an ultra-popular magician, Simon, whose fame is known across the region of Samaria. Second, an Ethiopian eunuch who is about to carry the Gospel to one of the most powerful Queens in the ancient world.
As the Holy Spirit leads us, I sometimes think outsiders will view us as haphazard or unreasonable. But just because our actions appear this way to the world, this does not make them haphazard or unreasonable. It only appears this way because we see with new spiritual sight and think with a new spiritual mind. And as the Holy Spirit directs us, outsiders will not see the end of this reason. But let's be honest, sometimes we won't see the end of this reason either. Take Philip in this situation. He was just told by the Spirit, "Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” He had no idea why. He just went. He was obedient, which looks pretty haphazard and unreasonable to outsiders and some insiders. But I know. this, just because the Holy Spirit may ask us to do things that appear unreasonable, this does not mean we believe in an unreasonable God. We just have a God who asks us sometimes to do things beyond the extend of human reason.
ASK THIS: What is the Spirit asking of you today?
DO THIS: Invite the Holy Spirit to give you direction for today.
PRAY THIS: God, I ask the Spirit that is one with you to speak to me today. May he convict me of sin. May hie uplift my spirit. May he give me direction in every interaction. Amen.
PLAY THIS: Holy Spirit Come — Patrick Mayberry.
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