Teach

Acts 8:26-40
New International Version (NIV)

26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” 30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. 31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.” 34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. 36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

There is more than one thing we can learn from this passage of Scripture, but let’s focus on them one at a time. First, before the others, we will look at how Philip taught the eunuch.

Let’s create a modern day version of this parable in something we might experience. One day, I was walking across the street where I work to a restaurant. As I am crossing the restaurant parking lot, I see someone sitting on the tailgate of a pickup truck reading a book that appears to be similar to a Bible. As I walk by, he looks up. Seeing me, he asks me if I have ever read this book called the Bible. Saying yes, I asked him if he understood what he was reading. He answered saying no. He asked if I happened to know what this book was saying. Answering yes, I asked him what he was reading. Seeing the passage of Scripture he was attempting to understand, I explained to him the passage he was reading. This passage was a prophesy about the Messiah who was and is Jesus Christ. After telling him the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection, he was saved and baptized.

One thing we should get out of the passage is the fact that people cannot be saved if they do not learn, they cannot learn unless they are taught, and they cannot be taught unless we teach. How can we teach unless we do not know? This is true. We have to have knowledge about God’s Word and have to understand it before we can teach others.

Because we cannot teach unless we know what we are teaching, we should read God’s Word daily. As a daily addition to our lives, we could personally benefit from it in learning how to live our life as we should, along with being able to help others live their lives as they should. Do not just read God’s Word but also study what you read. Make sure you are understanding what you read so you will be able to teach it to someone who does not understand.

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