Written by: Peter Denby
But a messenger of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, Stand up and go toward the midday sun to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza. This is a wilderness. And he stood up and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch sovereign under Candace, the queen of Ethiopia, who was in charge over all her treasure, who had come to Jerusalem to worship; he was returning and sitting in his chariot and was reading the prophet Isaiah [53:7-8]. And the Spirit said to Philip, Go near and join yourself to this chariot.
And Philip ran up to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said, Do you know what you are reading?
And he said, For how can I, if someone does not guide me? And he pleaded with Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of the Scripture which he was reading was this,
‘He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and like a lamb before his shearer is voiceless, so he did not open his mouth. His judgment was taken away in his humiliation. But who will describe his generation? Because his life is taken from the earth.’
And answering Philip, the eunuch said, I am beseeching you, concerning whom is the prophet speaking about in this? Is he speaking concerning himself or concerning some other person?
And Philip opened his mouth and beginning from this Scripture, proclaimed to him Jesus.
And as they went on the road, they came to a certain water, and the eunuch says, Behold, here is water; what is preventing me from being immersed; And Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, it is permitted. And he answered and said I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?
And he commanded the chariot to stand still and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch and he immersed him. And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, for he went on his way rejoicing.
But Philip was found in Azotus and going through, he proclaimed the good-news to all the cities, until he came to Caesarea.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some deem slowness; but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but all to make room for repentance.
If you love me, keep my commandments.