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					    Blessing from Obedience
A test of your hearing:
Raise your hand if you hear this
Raise your hand if you hear this
Raise your hand if you hear this
    Blessing from Obedience
As our physical hearing can dull
over time so also our spiritual
hearing can also grow dull.
We need listen attentively to the
guidance of the Spirit because God
uses obedient people as a channel
for His blessings.
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Spirit of God Directs
       Direction to a Location
          A desert place
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Spirit of God Directs
       Direction to a Person
           Ethiopian Eunuch
               Race
               Status
               Faith
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Spirit of God Directs
       Direction to a Person

          Why this person?
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Spirit of God Directs
       Direction to a Person
           Beginning of going “to
           the ends of the earth” but
           is still broadly part of
           Israel – a God Fearer
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Spirit of God Directs
       Direction to a Person

          Luke’s Geographical
          Horizon - James Scott
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
    The Spirit of God Directs
    To understand the Jewish world we
must turn to the table of nations in
Genesis 10 the fundamental passage
which supplies basis for world
geography and ethnography both in the
Old Testament and later Jewish writings
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Spirit of God Directs
   These are the generations of the
   sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and
   Japheth. Sons were born to them
   after the flood. Genesis 10:1
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Spirit of God Directs
       Direction to a Person
           Japheth – North and
           West including Europe
           and Asia Minor
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Spirit of God Directs
       Direction to a Person
           Ham – South to Egypt
           and Africa
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Spirit of God Directs
       Direction to a Person
           Shem – in Mesopotamia
           and Arabia
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Spirit of God Directs
       Direction to a Person
           Jews come from Shem’s
           line
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Spirit of God Directs
       Direction to a Person
           Acts 1-8:25 is the
           mission to Shem
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Spirit of God Directs
       Direction to a Person
           Cush is Ham’s First Son

          Cush is referred to in
          Greek as Ethiopia
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Spirit of God Directs
       Direction to a Person
           Acts 8:26-39 is the
           mission to Ham
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Spirit of God Directs
       Direction to a Person
           The balance of the Greek
           world would be traced
           Japheth
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Spirit of God Directs
       Direction to a Person
           Acts 9:1 – 28:31 is the
           mission to Japheth
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Spirit of God Directs
       Direction to a Person

          Underscores that the
          Gospel is for all the
          nations
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Servant of God Obeys
       Leaves a prosperous
       ministry for a “desert place”
       and a single individual
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Servant of God Obeys
       Was willing cross multiple
       boundaries to share the
       gospel
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Word of God is Proclaimed
       Message was grounded in
       scripture
      Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
     The Word of God is Proclaimed
       An effective presentation of the gospel must be
based solidly on Scripture. The use of personal
testimony, stories, tracts, and other tools is no
substitute. For Scripture alone is “the power of God
for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew
first and also to the Greek” (Rom. 1:16). The power
is in the Word. – John MacArthur
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Gift of God is Received
       Upon hearing the gospel
       from Philip the eunuch
       believes and is baptized
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Gift of God is Received
       Is something missing here?
       Many translations do not
       include verse 37
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Gift of God is Received
       This is not “proof” of the
       Bible’s inaccuracy
       Inerrancy and infallibility
       extend only to the originals
       not the copies
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Gift of God is Received
       All we have are copies
       The oldest copies disagree
       about the inclusion of this
       verse
     Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
This verse is not found in ancient NT
manuscripts before the 500s AD. However, the
tradition of the eunuch’s confession is as old
as Irenaeus’ writings from the second century.
The common assumption is Philip and the
eunuch’s extra conversation here, an
apparent question and confession rite
common very early in Christian baptism,
     Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
was added to an ancient manuscript’s margin
as commentary or a notation, and a
subsequent scribe, knowing the tradition and
the rite, added the marginal notation into the
main text of his manuscript, assuming it was
a correction. From there the addition got
repeated into the repeatedly copied
manuscript family behind the KJV. F.F Bruce
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Gift of God is Received
       Excluding it does eliminate
       any teaching that is not
       clearly defined elsewhere in
       the New Testament
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Gift of God is Received
       Including does not contradict
       any other teaching of
       scripture
    Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
   The Gift of God is Received
       Baptism is the testimony of
       the gift that was received
     Blessing from Obedience
God uses obedient people as a
channel for His blessings.
    The Gift of God is Received
    Baptism is the public confession of
faith expected of all believers. The
eunuch not only confessed his faith
personally to Philip but openly in front of
his entire entourage - MacArthur
    Blessing from Obedience
Principles for Sharing Christ
    1. Witness is about obedience
not boldness
    2. God prepares hearts for our
witness
    3. Witness must be based upon
scripture
    Blessing from Obedience
Principles for Sharing Christ
   4. Witness does more than
answer questions to calls for a
response
   5. Witness crosses cultural
boundaries

				
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