The Ethiopian and Us

July 15, 2014 | Chris Payne

We have a lot in common with an Ethiopian Eunuch.
That seems strange to say, but its true.
We’re briefly introduced to the this man in Acts Chapter 8. We don’t know a lot about him, but what we do know confirms my introduction.

Acts 8:27-28,
“And there was an Ethiopian, a Eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah.”

The Ethiopian was:

1. Wealthy: He had traveled 1k miles to Jerusalem in a private chariot. This required a great deal of means.
2. Knowledgable: He was able to read. In fact, he was able to read the Hebrew text of Isaiah 53. He also understood banking and finance.
3. Powerful: He was entrusted with the wealth of Candace, the queen of ancient Ethiopia.
4. Religious: He was in Jerusalem for Pentecost. He was a God-fearing non-Jew.

And yet, for all of the Ethiopians wealth, knowledge, power, and religious inquires….He is still searching.
We meet him on the return trip from Jerusalem. He’s reading Isaiah 53, and had probably had his eye on Isaiah 56 as well.
He wants to know God, but how? More power, money, education, piety?

Augustine wrote in his Confessions, “You have made us for You; Our hearts are restless until they find rest in You.”
This “restless” search has taken the Ethiopian Eunuch to: The Palace, The Bank, The Academy, and the Temple.
It is on a dusty desert road to Gaza that he finally finds what he’s been longing for all these years.

Read the rest of the story in Acts 8:29-40, or listen to my sermon at New Charlotte Church here.

Grace to you. Chris