"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,"
(Acts 8:27 KJV)
Many of we Christians have heard about the Ethiopian Eunuch that Phillip preached to at the Holy Spirit's urging in Acts 8, but few, if any, of us have looked into the background of this incident. This is the first recorded full blood gentile conversion to Christianity and he was probably a man of color from or near the African Court of Axum in eastern Africa. Our Awesome God had a purpose and let's see if we can guess it. Why him? The incident never gives his name so his name wasn't important to God's purpose but he had influence in his area. Note that, historically, Axum was the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as its national religion.
This man most likely traveled from a particular Nubian kingdom that had a dark complexion population south of Egypt in what is now called Sudan. "Candace" was a dynastic title given to the Queen of this Nubian Empire and has been found in Greco-Roman Letters to this kingdom. The Queen mother was the ruler. North of Axum, this was a wealthy kingdom which would have kept the "Ethiopian Eunuch" treasurer very busy, having lucrative trade ties between Axum and nations to the north, especially in the Roman Empire. (Romans liked peacocks and African treasures to decorate their houses.)
"Roman wealth" has been found in excavations in the city of Meroe, Sudan (ancient capital city of "Candace") and further south a bust of Caesar was found in Tanzania. But there certainly were not many Ethiopian delegations around. When the Eunuch entered Jerusalem, where he went to worship the Jewish God, he was probably known as a Gentile "God-fearer" but after Phillip preached to and baptized him, he was a Christian. He then went back to a country where he was an important man and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Was this Our Awesome God's purpose?
Come join us in our church as we become more active in changing lives and presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ to others even as Phillip did. We always need Christian teachers and new ideas in presenting Our Awesome God to others. We are a church that preaches and teaches that Jesus Christ died for you and took your sins upon Himself and arose the third day and is now sitting by God, interceding for you when you sin. May God bless you more today than yesterday!
LWBC is a loving church who tries to live by Biblical principles while encouraging all its members. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour with a children's program called AWANA until 7:30 PM (September through May). On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and Bible Study along with a separate Spanish Bible Study until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill