It was supernatural, okay?
DECEMBER 8, 2021
It was supernatural, okay? Let’s talk about it on Key Life.
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Thank you Matthew. We’re looking at the eighth chapter in the conversion of the the eunuch, the Ethiopian eunuch. And it’s a classic story of what’s happened a billion times since it happened with this Ethiopian, all of the elements of evangelism and good news are here. He’s baptized. He rejoices, that ought to be the result of anybody coming to Jesus, not a very sad thing, the cross before me, the world behind me. In other words, all the fun has stopped and now I got to die. I guess, I guess there’s some problem to that. Chalmers said, when he was converted, he had a poem he wrote, now I must spend my life in tears. No, you don’t. Just like the Ethiopian, now you can dance, now you can laugh. Well, we talked about that yesterday and we’re going to talk more about the conversion of the Ethiopian, but I do want to go down just one fairly quick side road. And you’ll find that in the 39th verse, after this encounter with Ethiopian eunuch, Luke writes in the text and this is at verse 39.
And when they came up out of a water,
The baptism had just taken place.
the Spirit of the Lord caught up Philip, and the eunuch saw him no more.
Now, I’ve been taught by scholars and I’ve read the commentaries and there are some exceptions, but very few, almost all of those who know, and they have PhDs, so they know, say this is not a report of a supernatural event. They say that is simply saying that Phillip said I’ve done what I was supposed to do. My work is through, don’t thank me, I’m out of here, and he left. But then you look at the text and you go, but it doesn’t say that. It says he was caught up. It sounds like a Star Trek kind of thing, where he just kind of disappears and shows up some other place. And I kind of feel like this is a supernatural event. George Abihider, who does a lot of work for us in editing. He lives in Mississippi, used to be here all the time, but his mother got sick and he, God bless him, felt that he needed to be with her. And so, he took a bunch of equipment. And he does a lot of work, especially in video and audio editing as he’s always done for the last 10 years for Key Life. But at any rate, I used to do a weekly message to pastors. Don’t have time to do it anymore, but every week I would sit in my chair behind my desk. And have a 5 or 10 minute talk with pastors. And George said, I’m going to try something new with you. I said, what are you going to do? He said, well, when we filmed this, I want you to sit in your chair, then I’m going to stop the camera, then I want you to get out of your chair and then I’ll start the camera. And then I want you to get back in your chair and I’ll start the camera again. You know what he did, he did a Star Trek thing with me and with smoke. And so, I was sitting there and I said, I’ll be back. And, all of a sudden there was smoke and my chair was empty. And then he had me come back and sit back down in the chair, as if by magic. And it was fun. And we got a lot of comments, some were quite negative, but most realized it was fun and they enjoyed it as much as we did. But when I read this text, it kind of sounds like that’s what happened to Philip. We wince because we’re sophisticated. We are embarrassed because we live in a cultured society. We sometimes explain supernatural events in natural terms because that’s what the educated do. Well, stop it. The Bible is a book that is supernatural, recording supernatural actions by a supernatural God, directed his favor on his supernatural people. And sometimes we forget that, especially if you’re a Presbyterian. If you’re a Presbyterian, there are certain things that are simply not permissible. Who was the lady who went to a Presbyterian church and I’m a Presbyterian and proud of it. And I wouldn’t say you have to be to get to heaven, but if I were you, I wouldn’t take a chance. And she came into this church and she just couldn’t stand it anymore. And she jumped up and said, praise God. And an usher. And an elder came up to her and said, Madam, you can’t do that in this place. Well, maybe we should do that more in this place. Maybe we should pray for the sick more in this place. Maybe we should expect that a big God will do big things in this place. Maybe we should recognize that God is bigger than anybody ever thought. And he does stuff that is amazing and wonderful and supernatural. Just a little bit of faith, a little more faith. And if we ask him, he’ll give it to us, would cause that to happen. Supernatural God, supernatural events. It’s cool. You think about that. Amen. It’s Wednesday and sometimes on Wednesdays, I take some time to answer one or two questions, of the many questions we get from you folks. And we love your questions. As you know, Pete comes in on Fridays and we spend the entire broadcast dealing with questions, and we love to get your questions. You can dial 1-800-KEY-LIFE, 24 7, when you have a question, record it and we sometimes put your voice on the air, asking the question. Or you can write to
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