07 Apr 2021

Do you understand what you are reading?

Acts 8:26-31


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.










Lessons Learn

We must be content with the simple command of God even if the reason or the fruit of our obedience is not immediately apparent. Although this is not clearly stated, all God’s commandments contain a hidden promise; and whenever we obey them, everything we do will work out well. It ought to be enough for us that our efforts are approved by God when we undertake nothing rashly or without his command.

Nothing stops our following God but our own laziness and lack of prayer.

We cannot expect anyone who is puffed up with confidence in his own intellect to be easily taught. That is why reading the Scriptures benefits so few people today; hardly one person in a hundred submits himself willingly to learn.

True reverence for the Scriptures occurs when we acknowledge that there is stored in them wisdom that surpasses and escapes all our understanding, and yet we do not loathe them but read diligently and rely on the revelation of the Spirit, and also desire to be given an interpreter.