The crowds listened to Philip (Acts 8:6)

“The crowds,

With one accord,

Listened eagerly

To what Philip said.

They heard him.

They saw the signs

That he did.”

προσεῖχον δὲ οἱ ὄχλοι τοῖς λεγομένοις ὑπὸ τοῦ Φιλίππου ὁμοθυμαδὸν ἐν τῷ ἀκούειν αὐτοὺς καὶ βλέπειν τὰ σημεῖα ἃ ἐποίει.

The author of Acts indicated that the crowds (δὲ οἱ ὄχλοι), with one accord (ὁμοθυμαδὸν), listened eagerly or paid attention (προσεῖχον) to what was said (τοῖς λεγομένοις) by Philip (ὑπὸ τοῦ Φιλίππου).  They heard him (ἐν τῷ ἀκούειν αὐτοὺς).  They saw (καὶ βλέπειν) the signs (τὰ σημεῖα) that he did (ἃ ἐποίει).  The people in Samaria were listening attentively to Philip.  They both heard him speak and saw the various miraculous deeds or signs that he did.  Like Jesus, and the other apostles in Jerusalem, he was a preaching mini-miracle worker.  Philip went into Samaria to preach as part of the movement away from Jerusalem that fulfilled the earlier admonition of Acts, chapter 1:8.  “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes down on you; then you are to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, yes even to the ends of the earth.”  Philip was carrying out this command of Jesus.  Do you consider yourself as a witness to Jesus?

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