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"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." – Psalm 119:105

Acts 8 – “…and they were all scattered…”

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This pivotal chapter begins with a reference to the stoning of Stephen when it says, “And on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.” (Acts 8:1).  While persecution may not be considered a desired thing, it helped bring about what Jesus had already said needed to happen – His witnesses went into Judea and Samaria (1:8).  “Therefore, those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.” (8:4).

The chapter focuses on the work of one man, Philip.  He first went to Samaria and had great success in performing signs and preaching Christ (:4-24).  He then preached Jesus to the Ethiopian eunuch (:25-40).  In both situations people believed, were baptized, and rejoiced.  What can we learn from this example?

– Don’t become satisfied with success.  He had great success in Samaria, but more work needed to be done.  After leaving the eunuch “he kept preaching the gospel to all…” (:40).  There are always more souls to save.
– Every soul is valuable.  He left a city where “they all, from smallest to greatest, were giving attention to him” (:10), to go teach just one man.  That man, a foreigner, needed Jesus as much as anyone else.

So began the spread of the gospel message beyond the walls of Jerusalem.

Have a great day in His word!


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