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The Ethiopian Official

The First Christian in Africa


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The Ethiopian Official : The First Christian in Africa

One day an angel said to Philip, “Hop up and go south on that road that goes down into the desert.” So Philip hopped up and started down that desert road.

As he was traveling, he saw a chariot ahead of him. In the chariot was a man from Ethiopia. And he wasn’t just any man. He was an important official to the queen of the Ethiopians. He was in charge of all her money and jewels and gold. He had traveled to Jerusalem to worship God and was now returning home.

When Philip saw the man, the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join his chariot.” So Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading. Philip smiled as he heard what the man was reading. He was reading the words of the prophet Isaiah.

Philip asked him, “Excuse me, Sir, but do you understand what you’re reading?”

The man answered, “How in the world can I, unless someone explains it to me? Want to climb up here beside me and help me out?”

Of course Philip did, so he climbed up into the man’s chariot.

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I just have to say that I really like this guy! Did you notice how much he seemed to care about God’s ways and God’s words? This man didn’t grow up as part of the Jewish nation, but somehow he had heard of Yahweh and traveled all the way to Jerusalem to worship Him. And now here he is choosing to read God’s words from Isaiah as he rides along. He doesn’t understand what he’s reading, but he really, really wants to. And you get the idea that this guy isn’t going to give up, which is probably why God sent Philip to help him out.

Remember… anyone who really seeks God with all their heart, will find Him!

The part from Isaiah that the man was reading was this:

“He was treated cruelly and was hurt badly, but He didn’t even say anything. Like a lamb led to be killed, like a sheep is silent before its shearers, He didn’t even open His mouth.

He was led away after an unfair trial — but who even cared? No one. He was cut off from the land of the living; because of the rebellion of His own people, He was hurt so badly.”

Then the Ethiopian said to Philip, “Please tell me, who is the prophet talking about — himself or someone else?”

(You know who Isaiah is talking about! Yes, Jesus!)

So Philip started with that scripture and told the man all about the good news of Jesus.

Now as they were going along the road, they came to some water, and the Ethiopian said, “Stop the chariot! Stop the chariot! There’s water! Is there any reason I can’t be baptized right now?”

So the chariot was stopped, and both Philip and the Ethiopian went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.

When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away… ziiiiip… POOF! Yup, the Spirit just… POOF! took Philip away to somewhere else, and the Ethiopian didn’t see him any more. Do you think the Ethiopian was sad? No! He threw his head back and laughed, laughed, laughed in happiness! He’d been seeking God and had finally found Him! Ya-hoo!

Are you wondering what happened to Philip? Well, after his POOF! he found himself in a totally different city than he’d been in before — not somewhere he’d lived. What was he going to do there? He kept telling people the Good News of Jesus’ Victory, just like he had done with the Ethiopian.

And the Ethiopian? He rejoiced all the way home to Africa. Think of it! The first Christian in Africa. I imagine he did some Good News telling himself!