Philip was gone (Acts 8:39)

“When they came up

Out of the water,

The Spirit of the Lord

Snatched Philip away.

The eunuch saw him

No more.

But he went on his way


ὅτε δὲ ἀνέβησαν ἐκ τοῦ ὕδατος, Πνεῦμα Κυρίου ἥρπασεν τὸν Φίλιππον, καὶ οὐκ εἶδεν αὐτὸν οὐκέτι ὁ εὐνοῦχος, ἐπορεύετο γὰρ τὴν ὁδὸν αὐτοῦ χαίρων.

The author of Acts indicated that when they came up (ὅτε δὲ ἀνέβησαν) out of the water (ἐκ τοῦ ὕδατος), the Spirit of the Lord (Πνεῦμα Κυρίου) snatched Philip away (ἥρπασεν τὸν Φίλιππον).  This eunuch (ὁ εὐνοῦχος) did not see him (καὶ οὐκ εἶδεν αὐτὸν) anymore (οὐκέτι).  However, He went (ἐπορεύετο γὰρ) on his way (τὴν ὁδὸν αὐτοῦ) rejoicing (χαίρων.).  Philip left the scene and the eunuch continued on his way.  In 1 Kings, chapter 18:12, King Ahab had been looking for Elijah, but the Spirit of Yahweh would protect Elijah by bringing him elsewhere.  In 2 Kings, chapter 2:16, Elisha said that there was no need to look for Elijah, since he had seen Elijah taken up in the fiery chariot.  Thus, the relocation of Philip by the Holy Spirit did not seem out of place even though Philip was not a prophet.  According to Irenaeus (130-202 CE), a century later, this eunuch returned to Ethiopia to become the first Christian in Ethiopia and helped to evangelize that country to Christianity.  Thus, there was a happy ending to this story about the eunuch from Ethiopia and the deacon Philip from Jerusalem.  Do you believe that the Holy Spirit can move people?

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