Teaching and Being Teachable by Jeff Beman

We all know that we should daily be reading the bible as part of our Christian lives. Along with prayer and worship, reading scripture is necessary. But when you (we) read the scriptures, do we understand what we are reading? Do you understand?

ACTS 8:26-35 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this: “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opens not his mouth. In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.” And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture, he told him the good news about Jesus.

Perhaps, you and I are like the Ethiopian in this scripture and need some explanation about scriptures from time to time. Or maybe we are sometimes like Phillip, and can explain to others so they understand a passage, and hear the good news of Jesus Christ from us!

Dear heavenly father, please grant us the ability to both teach and be taught of the good news of your Word! AMEN.