Give Me the Bible!

There are many people out there who know a lot about the Bible. But there is a great difference between knowing and understanding. You can know a lot about something and not really understand it! I know this from experience, see it took me a long time before I realized I needed to depend on what God said in his word and not on what “I knew, or thought I knew." The key to true understanding is to be humble enough to admit you might need a bit of help from someone else, Proverbs 3:5 Trust in Jehovah with all thy heart, and lean not upon your own understanding.

In the Bible, in the book of Acts, in chapter 8 and in verses 26-39 we see the Ethiopian eunuch in charge of the queen of Ethiopia’s entire treasury. He was a religious man, and he had come to Jerusalem to worship. He was studying from Isaiah chapter 53. Philip was called to his side, he asked the eunuch did he understand what he was reading, and the eunuch was in no way ashamed to admit he did know of whom the prophet was speaking  in the text he was reading. Philip in verse 35 of Acts 8 began at that very point to “preached unto him Jesus,” the Ethiopian accepted what the gospel said, and somewhere in Philips preaching he must have mentioned the need to be baptized, for in verse 37 of Acts 8 the eunuch ask Philip the question, “see here is water, what hinders me from being baptized?” At this point the chariot was stopped and Philip baptized the eunuch. Philip went away, and the Ethiopian went away rejoicing.

When you read Isaiah 53 of whom do you believe the prophet is speaking?  If you said Jesus Christ, you’re exactly right! Then the next question is, have you been baptized for the remission of your sins? The eunuch knew Jesus required it, for we see his example. In Acts the second chapter beginning in verse 37, that same example is seen by over three thousand people who asked, “what shall we do?” They were told also to repent and be baptized everyone, for the remission of their sins.

“The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.” John Locke

By Larry C. Clarke Sr.

“Labor not for the food which perishes, but for that food which endures unto everlasting life…” John 6:27