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Reading 102

"So Philip ran to him and heard him reading from the prophet Isaiah, and said, 'Do you understand what you are reading?' And he said, 'How can I, unless someone guides me?' And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him" (Acts 8:30-31).

Today's passage is a wonderful part of the evangelist Philip meeting up with an Ethiopian treasurer, a man of great importance in his country. His boss, Candace, was a queen in Ethiopia. While riding in his chariot (not the kind we may be thinking of) he was reading from the fifty third chapter of Book of Isaiah. Using our own knowledge, we know that it is one of the greatest Messianic prophecies telling about Jesus in the entire Old Testament. I am sure that Philip knew that the Ethiopian did not understand who Isaiah was writing about, but still asked, "do you understand what you are reading..." Quite implicitly, Philip asserted that reading was of little profit unless accompanied by understanding. We have now arrived at "Reading 102." The Ethiopian's answer to Philip's question should be a model to all Christians who want the Bible to guide their lives... "How can I, unless someone guides me..." It is a great reason for having group Bible studies, where there is not only reading for content (101), but a study about how to gain an understanding of the meaning of what is being read. If we read the rest of the story involving Philip and the Ethiopian, we find that Philip told him about Christ which in turn led to his belief and baptism... It is a wonderful gift we have, to share our understanding of God's Word with others... We get to advanced reading tomorrow....

Have a great day.... Do good and give God the credit.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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