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Needs and Satisfactions

Needs and Satisfactions

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Acts viii : 26-39.
Acts viii : 26-39.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jan 30, 2014
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NEEDS AND SATISFACTIONS BY FREDERICK LYNCH "And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went ; and behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, was returning, and sitting in his chariot, read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest ? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me ? And he desired of Philip that he would come up and sit with him. The place of the scripture which he read was this. He was led as a sheep to the slaughter ; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth : in his humiliation his  judgment was taken away : and who shall declare his genera-tion ? for his life is taken from the earth. And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this ? of himself, or of some other man ? Then
Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water : and the eunuch said. See, here is water ; what doth hinder me to be baptized ? And Philip said. If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still : and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch ; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more : and he went on his way rejoicing." — Acts viii : 26-39. SOMETIMES it is good to turn from the study of abstract truth to some of those actual incidents that bring us closely in touch with real life. For often one little incident reaches out into vast worlds of truth and prin-ciple. Our separated acts are expressions of eternal laws. The thousand events of life relate themselves to a few great principles of duty. There is no event of history which is not con-tinually transpiring in all essential meanings, if
not in form. Sometimes the best way to inter-pret the present-day experiences is to turn to some typal event that has made its mark on the world's imagination, and where the relation to divine things is easily seen. If we can hear the divine voice in the call of Paul it helps us to hear that voice in the call of every man to life. If it is easy to see Providence in the preparation of Peter for service, it will be easy to see Him in our own life. Also, if we can find that the well-known events of Bible times 81 82 The Enlargement of Life relate themselves to one central purpose of God, it will be easy to feel that the various experiences of our own life take their place in the eternal order — indeed, one cannot believe otherwise, unless he believe, as some men seem to believe, that God went to sleep at the death of the last apostle.

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