Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch – The Eunuch’s Inquiry

Acts 8:34 says, “And the Eunuch said to Philip, ‘About whom, I ask you, does the prophet [Isaiah] say this, about himself or about someone else?

It’s probable that, in this time of mass conversions of Jews and Gentiles to Christianity and the resistance of the unbelieving Jews, Isaiah 53 was hotly debated.  The Christians rightfully attributed the passage to the Messiah and proclaimed Jesus as the Messiah.  The unbelieving Jews would have fervently denied that this was a Messianic passage and would have attributed this passage to Isaiah.  But there are some problems, aren’t there?  Isaiah:

1. was not wounded for the people’s transgressions nor crushed for their iniquities (Isaiah 53:4)
2. did not take on the chastisement that brought us peace (Isaiah 53:4)
3. did not receive stripes with which we are healed (Isaiah 53:5)
4. did not have the iniquity of us all laid on him (Isaiah 53:6)

So on and so forth.  However, because of their system of belief, they could not allow that this passage that so clearly spoke of Jesus–the man they just killed–really did speak of Him.  Otherwise, they’d have to admit that they killed the Messiah!

So, with all of the back and forth between the believers and the unbelieving Jews, it would’ve been certainly a confusing time for those who were not well-versed in the Scriptures.  The Eunuch’s inquiry was legitimate, “Who is this passage really talking about?  Would someone please tell me?”  That he asked this question indicates that he had been thinking about this very question, maybe for a while.  And God sent a messenger to him to clear it up for him.

What another grace of God!  Have you ever been thinking about something in Scripture or was confused about something in Scripture and then soon after, a pastor preaches about it and clears it up for you?  This has happened to me a countless number of times.  How gracious it is that God sends messengers to us to explain His word!

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