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  • Writer's pictureStaci Sweet

A Black Man Makes Spiritual History

As a black woman, living in America, its good to know that even though some don’t acknowledge our existence, God does. In fact, we’re in the Bible. Oh, I’m not talking about in the Old Testament, I’m talking New Testament. Go with me to Acts 8:28 which says, ‘…behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship…’ Here we see an African man on his way back to his home country of Ethiopia, when he stops by a nearby travel center where he decides to relax and read. While reading Isaiah 53:6-8, he gets confused because it says, ‘He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so He opened not His mouth. In His humiliation His justice was taken away, and who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth.’ While pondering its meaning, a guest notices he appears to be struggling, and asks, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The eunuch responds, ‘…“How can I, unless someone guides me?”, and later invites, ‘…Philip to come up and sit with him.’ The two begin to talk about Isaiah 53:6-8 when the eunuch asks, ‘…of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” Then Philip, full of excitement, begins to tell him about Jesus. The eunuch is now excited and asks, “…What hinders me from being baptized?” The two quickly go to a nearby swimming pool where Philip commences to baptize the eunuch; in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

An Ethiopian CFO