God had to direct Phillip to meet the Ethiopian Eunuch in the desert to demonstrate to us the import and the impact of spiritual understanding! The light the Ethiopian Eunuch received opened the way for the gospel in Africa. As Isaiah 9:8 shows us, one revelation from the word can impact a generation for life: "The Lord sent a word into Jacob and it hath lighted upon Israel"
When our understanding dawn our miracles are bound to come. This is why when God wanted to invade the continent of Africa with the light of the word he sent Phillip into the desert to an Ethiopian Eunuch who was traveling back to his place. And God sent Phillip for one purpose, to bring this eunuch to the place of understanding the word. This passage of scripture in Acts 8:26-39, highlights the power of understanding!
We look at Acts 8:26-39 to show us the power of understanding and what it does.
"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 Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, a 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, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 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.....Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him, Jesus. 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? 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. 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. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.
Let's take a quick spiritual analysis of some salient portion of this scripture. The summary of it all was of a man struggling with the word until understanding came. However as soon as understanding came, light dawned and the miracle of salvation was birth!
•'Understandest thou what thou readest'(vs30) - This was the first question Phillip ask the Eunuch showing that reading the word is not what is important but much more understanding the word. Scriptural profitability comes by reading and understanding.
•'how can I except SOME MAN guide me'(vs31)- Sometimes we need some men to guide us in our quest for spiritual understanding. The Holy Spirit sends an agent of understanding to us, especially men of the five-fold ministry (Jeremiah 3:15-16, Ephesians 4:11-13). This is their principal assignment: 'to make all men see' as Paul will often say! (Ephesians 3:9). Jeremiah 3:15-16 tells us this,
People will only increase relative to the understanding they have received and our increase in the world is relative to the understanding we have received from the word! As soon as the pastors opened up the understanding of the people there was a corresponding increase in their lives.
This is the truth in that Jeremiah 3:15-16. The church was once called poor but as understanding came the tables were turned! Today the world is no longer bothered about the poverty of the church but her wealth! And really, I like that! Renewed understanding can change any man's story!
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