At the end of chapter 7, Stephen was stoned to death. Verse 58 says that the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 8:1 says that Saul was consenting to his death.
Persecution arose against the church and they all scattered. It was the fulfillment of Jesus’ words to His disciples in Acts 1:8, “…you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
The scattered believers went everywhere preaching the word (8:4). Listen to what Saul was doing. Verse 3 says, “As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.”
There was another man mentioned in chapter 8. Phillip was one of the seven chosen to serve the widows. Phillip had the same character qualifications as Stephen. Verse 5 says, “Then Phillip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them.”
Listen to the response of the multitudes. Verse 6 says, “…with one accord heeded the things spoken by Phillip…” Then verse 26 says says that an angel told him to go south to the desert.
Verse 27 says that he arose and went. A man of great authority, a eunuch under Candace the queen of Ethiopia, was sitting in his chariot reading out loud from Isaiah the prophet.
Verse 30 says, “So Phillip ran to him…and said, Do you understand what you are reading?” He asked Phillip to sit with him. Watch now. Verse 35 says, “Then Phillip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.”
I want to highlight two things. Phillip instantly obeyed. He did not question God’s instructions. When the time came, he opened his mouth, and the Lord filled it. His obedience facilitated a man believing in Jesus.
1 Peter 3:15 says, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who ask you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.”
2 Timothy 4:2 says, “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season…” Phillip was ready. He watched what the Lord was doing and then joined Him.
Right after the Ethiopian eunuch was saved and then baptized, the Spirit caught Phillip up and transported him to another region. Phillip didn’t miss a beat. Acts 8:40 says, “But Phillip was found at Azotus. And passing through, he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea.”
The Lord will put folks in our pathway. He will lead us to hearts that are prepared to hear the gospel. Listen to what is being said. Watch how the Lord is working in their lives and join Him. Let’s be ready and yielded to the Holy Spirit.