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Topic: The Reader (04/15/10)

TITLE: The Travelling Reader
By Philip Barrington


Often, reading is difficult especially legal papers which are very hard to understand. Unless a solicitor is there to help us understand its legal jargon, the legalities written, are not easily understood.

Some books or other writings are also hard to understand. Even though the writer is diligently conveying the thoughts of the text, the writing needs to be reflected to the reader.

In today’s world, to understand the Bible is more difficult. A preacher, teacher, commentary or other help is needed to understand the text. Critics may say the knowledge of English is getting worse. Maybe, English is not studied as it should be.

In Acts chapter eight, the story of Philip meeting up with the Eunuch is recorded. Understanding the prophecy of Isaiah chapter fifty three, could have been the difficulty the eunuch was facing. The problem, not understanding scripture is the same today as it was when Philip made plain the text of Isaiah to the Eunuch.

God, seen a need for the Eunuch to understand what he was reading. God sent an angel to instruct Philip to get up and travel towards the South that leads from Jerusalem to Gaza, through the wilderness of Judah. Doing what the angel said, Philip met up with a eunuch. He held an office; he was a Lord chamberlain or steward of the household. Regardless, he had authority.

Philip and the eunuch came together in a conversation that changed the eunuch’s life. Philip, seeing the Eunuch reading the Bible, asked him a question. “Understandest thou what thou readest?” “How can I understand, except someone guide me? Therefore pray come up, and sit with me.” The eunuch needed an explanation from the writing of Isaiah chapter fifty three.

Philip, explains the gospel concerning Jesus Christ and him crucified, using the text Isaiah Chapter fifty three. Like the eunuch, the reader needs explanation to what is read. Reading the Old Testament and Revelation may be a challenging ordeal. Like Philip the evangelist, there is a need for pastors, ministers, teachers, and elders to explain the scriptures.

What a blessing that can be ours when scripture is understood by the reader. The Christian can go on to better and wonderful enjoyment as he is our light that shows the way.

The eunuch whilst still travelling, as he was still going forward, seeing water, the eunuch saw the need to be baptized. What a true testimony of the Eunuchs conversion to follow Christ to be obedient to Him.

Be encouraged today. The reader needs to understand what is being read so that God’s blessings can be poured out.

References are from KJV Bible
Studied using: Mathew Henry’s Commentary.

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Joanne Sher 04/23/10
A good reminder for all of us. It is wonderful to have the resources we do to get more out of His Word, isn't it? But all we really need, of course, is the Holy Spirit!

Thanks for sharing.
Caitlyn Meissner04/25/10
That was a good message. It is important that we all understand the word of God.

You did have some commas in weird places. I would suggest watching out for that. Also, you used the word "understand" quite a lot of times all throughout your article. It might have been better to use some different descriptions, like "know", "recognize" or "comprehend."

I like Matthew Henry's Commentary myself. ;)