Scipture Nugget 11.11.2015

“Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. … Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this: ‘Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth. In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe this generation? For his life is taken away from earth.’ (Isaiah 53:7b-8a) The eunuch asked Philip, ‘About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?’ Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?’ Acts 8:27b-28, 32-37

The eunuch would be returning from Jerusalem very disappointed, as he went there to worship but would not have been allowed in based on the rules – “No one whose testicles are crushed or whose penis is cut off shall be admitted to the assembly of the LORD.” Deuteronomy 23:1

Imagine his glorious surprise and the joy he must have felt, when, climbing back into his chariot after being baptized and continuing to read the scroll of Isaiah’s letter, he comes across this phrase: “Do not let the foreigner joined to the LORD say, ‘The LORD will surely separate me from his people; and do not let the eunuch say, ‘I am just a dry tree.’ For thus says the LORD: To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant, I will give, in my house and within my walls, a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off.’ Isaiah 56:3-5

God’s grace abounds and brings us to the place and into the relationship He desires to have with us, regardless of our condition.