John Wesley wrote,
“Give me one hundred men who fear nothing but sin and desire
nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergyman or laymen, they alone will
shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon the earth.”
27 So he started out, and he met the treasurer of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authorityunder the Kandake, the queen of Ethiopia. The eunuch had gone to Jerusalem to worship,28 and he was now returning. Seated in his carriage, he was reading aloud from the book of the prophet Isaiah.
This man was from Ethiopia in Africa, more than 1,000 miles away! He was an officialwho controlled the royal treasury in that kingdom, a powerful and important man. But, hehad traveled up to Jerusalem to worship God at the temple.The religion of the Jewish people was unique. It was an ancient religion, even at that
time. The Jews worshiped the One God, the “I am who I am,” beside whom there was no
other god. This one true God had chosen the nation of Israel, not because they wereworthy, but because of His favor on and promise to their ancestor, Abraham, whose name
means “father of many nations.” The His relationship with Israel, God intended to bless
all nations.This religion was unique in the Roman world, where every local people worshipped their own pantheon of gods who often were as capricious and petty as humans. Everywhere theRomans went, they identified local gods with their own pantheon: Jupiter, Juno, Mars,Venus, Mecury, Minerva, Vulcan, and others. In this syncretistic world, the Jewish
people stuck out. They did not carve images of their God. They didn’t even speak Hisname aloud. They knew they were made in God’s image, and that God was not made in
their image.This Ethiopian believed in the one true God and wanted to know more about Him. InJerusalem, this man obtained a scroll of the book of Isaiah the prophet and was reading italoud as he traveled home. He wanted to know about the one true God, the Creator, thesource of goodness, light, and truth. His worldly position, his wealth and power, the philosophers in Alexandra in Egypt, none of this filled the God-shaped hole in his heart.How God loved this man!
Maybe you don’t come from a Christian family. Maybe you come from a far
-awaycountry and are here because you want to know about God like the Ethiopian eunuch.God loves you and wants to have a relationship with you! Hebrews 11:6 says
And it isimpossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believethat God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
” Do you know why
God chose Abraham? Not because Abraham was circumcised or followed the Law of Moses
all that came later! God chose Abraham because Abraham believed God. He
didn’t just believe that God existed, but tha
t everything God said was trustworthy andgood, and worth risking everything for. You may not know much about God, but youknow that there is a God, that there is such a thing as goodness and truth that is not just a