Day 5 Read: Acts 8:36-40
And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 38 And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.
Reflect: What did the man’s question in verse 36 convey? How does this reflect a changed heart?
Consider: The first consequence of Philip’s evangelization was the eunuch’s conversion. His response, Why shouldn’t I be baptized? indicates that water baptism was the seal of a personal decision to trust in Christ (cf. Matt. 28:19). The second result was joy, for the eunuch … went on his way rejoicing. A third result was a further outreach of the gospel to one who was neither Jew nor Samaritan, but a Gentile (African) worshiper of Yahweh who was not a full-fledged proselyte to Judaism.5
Respond: How does verse 40 teach us about Philip’s continued faithfulness? Where are the places you find yourself regularly? How might God want to use this routine to advance His kingdom through your life?
5 Stanley D. Toussaint, “Acts,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 374.