PHILIP AND ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH

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Philip baptizes a visitor from Ethiopia

Picture descriptions:

Scene 1: Philip being called by the Holy Spirit to leave Samaria and travel to the desert
Scene 2: A chariot coming into Philip’s view
Scene 3: Philip asking the Ethiopian if he understood the prophecy he was reading from Isaiah
Scene 4: Needing someone to help, Philip is invited to sit in the chariot with him and explain
Scene 5: The Eunuch pointing out water and asking what hindered him from being baptized
Scene 6: Philip about to baptize the important official from Ethiopia
Scene 7: Eunuch being raised up from under the water by Philip
Scene 8: The Spirit of God calling Philip away as the Ethiopian continues his journey rejoicing


Lesson points:

After great persecution of the church in Jerusalem and the martyrdom of Stephen, many followers of the risen Lord Jesus were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. They continued to preach the gospel message wherever they went. Philip went to a city in Samaria to preach and heal in the name of the Messiah. With great joy many were reached through his ministry. However God had another work for him - to witness to a certain individual who was seeking answers. (Spiritual application: It may seem strange that Philip was called away from a city where many were trusting God for just ONE man - but that teaches us about God’s deep interest in individuals.) Philip arrived in the desert on the road from Jerusalem to Gaza where the Spirit of God had guided him to. His attention was drawn to an approaching chariot carrying a very important man - and Ethiopian Eunuch in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (Queen of the Ethiopians). This man had came all the way from a foreign land to worship in Jerusalem, and in his quest for answers had acquired a copy of Isaiah’s prophecy. He was returning home none the wiser, still puzzled but clearly wanting to know the truth. (Spiritual application: Like the Ethiopian, sometimes people today seek answers in ‘religion’ - this man had been to the religious city of Jerusalem and left unsatisfied. But he was about to discover that the answer was not a place...but a person - Jesus Christ). As Philip approached he heard the man read from Isaiah:53 - and asked the man if he understood what he was reading. “How can I unless someone explains it?” was his reply. Philip gladly accepted his invitation to sit in the chariot and explain the Word of God. The official listened carefully as Philip explained the prophecy and good news concerning the Lord Jesus. Believing the prophecy, the Ethiopian trusted the Savior and seeing water desired to be baptized without delay! (Spiritual application: Baptizm in the Bible comes form the greek word ‘baptizo’ which means to submerge. Scriptures teach that publicly going down into water, being submerged and coming up again symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. It takes place AFTER salvation simply as a public outward display of a decision to follow Christ). The Spirit of God immediately called Philip away on his next mission - leaving the joyful Eunuch to travel home with great news for his own people!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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