He Came To Worship

“And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship…” – Acts 8:27 (ESV)

The story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8 is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. As I was reading it yesterday I thought for a bit about the verse above. The eunuch was a court official of the queen of Ethiopia, and he apparently was a person of high rank and authority. And as part of the queen’s court, he was in charge of all her treasure as well.

The reason this particular verse struck me yesterday is that the eunuch could have been quite satisfied with his life. He had prestige and certainly had access to money. Yet…he had come to Jerusalem to worship. He was a true seeker. He grappled with the Scriptures and wasn’t content just to read the Word of God. He wanted greater understanding. Through the power of Philip and the Holy Spirit, he received it when Philip talked with him in his chariot. He made an instant decision to follow Jesus, was baptized, and after Philip was carried away, the eunuch went on his way rejoicing.

The Ethiopian eunuch had his prestige and power, but something was missing in his life. He realized that and he made the best decision of his life – he sought God through the power of His Word.

Let’s do the same today.


2 thoughts on “He Came To Worship

  1. ~M

    I can’t say that I’ve every drawn that out of this text — him being in charge of her $ and coming to worship.

    Thanks! Good thoughts in these “tough economic times.”

  2. shannonsays

    I wonder how many of us would be a Philip, if presented with the opportunity he was given.

    He obeys and obeys and obeys the Holy Spirit to get into the position for this ministry opportunity.

    When I look at Acts 8, Stephen had just been stoned, and everybody scattered. Philip was in Samaria, where people responded to his ministry in one accord. He even converted a sorcerer, who would later be corrected for error, before returning to Jerusalem with other apostles. Then Angel of the Lord sends him from Jerusalem to the desert (Gaza), where he encounters the Ethiopian. What a journey just to get to this place!

    As you noted, this Ethiopian was obviously of great political importance, and the Holy Spirit says to Philip, go near and join yourself to this chariot.

    Honesty check, how many of us would be respond like Philip? Philip RAN to him. He didn’t contemplate the best way to open the conversation or debate or argue with the Holy Spirit about why this person or the timing or the situation wasn’t ideal. Nope. He RAN to him and began ministering to him in such a way that the man’s eyes were opened.

    Wouldn’t that be a great prayer–to have a heart like Philip’s? To obey the call to go where I’m sent, minister to who I’m called to minister, whether an “undesireable” (sorcerer) or an elite power player, to hear and obey the voice of the Lord, and to run (not walk, delay, rationalize, or schedule an appointment to get to that sometime in the future) to the next meeting set for me by God?

    Hmmm…after thinking through this while writing it, I may just scoop some of my ramblings out and borrow them back to my blog at some point in the future! 🙂

    Thanks for the great post and for your encouragement at my blog as well.

    In Christ,

    [p.s. Please forgive spelling/grammar errors! I’m typing quickly and comments section doesn’t have a spell check of which I’m aware. 🙂 ]

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