For just one man

Acts 8:26-40 says:
“26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. 27 So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.”
30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 The place in the Scripture which he read was this:

“ He was led as a sheep to the slaughter;
And as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
33 In His humiliation His justice was taken away,
And who will declare His generation?
For His life is taken from the earth.”[a]

34 So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. 36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?”
37 Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”
And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”[b]
38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. 39 Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azotus. And passing through, he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea.”

In this story, an angel of the Lord tells Philip to go to the Eunuch, a single person, just one man and Philip teaches and then baptizes him.  So many of the stories we read in the New Testament involves crowds of dozens to hundreds to thousands of people.  But here Philip is sent to one man. What’s the deal?

Well, God loves us all, each and every one of us, and this particular story shows that He sees a single eunuch reading scripture, but not understanding the text.  So He sends Philip to teach him.  It is similar to the story of the Shepherd who left his whole flock to search for one lost sheep.  The two lessons are the same, and remind me of what Jesus said in John 18:9 “Of those that you gave me I have lost not one”.

Each of us is precious to Jesus, and He will do what it takes to keep us in the fold.  What a precious Shepherd we have that He loves each and every one of us the same.

Mumbles says

Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so!

God’s love and peace!

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