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Philip and the Cushite

Acts 8: 27, 28 He (Philip) arose and went and saw a man of Cush, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the sovereigness of the Cushites who was in charge of all her treasury, and had come to Yerushalayim to worship, and was returning. And sitting in his chariot he was reading the prophet Yeshayahu (Isaiah).

29 - 31 And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and join him in that chariot”. And running up, Philip heard him reading the prophet Yeshayahu and said, “Do you know what you are reading”? And he said “How am I able unless someone guides me”? And he called Philip near to come up and sit with him.

32 - 34 And the passage of the scripture which he was reading was this, “He was led as a sheep to slaughter, and like a lamb silent before its shearer, so He opened not His mouth. In His humiliation he was deprived of right-ruling. And who shall declare His generation? Because His life was taken from the earth”. And the eunuch answering Philip said, “I ask you about whom does the prophet say this, about Himself or about some other”?

35 And Philip opening his mouth and beginning at this Scripture brought to him the Good News: Yahusha!

Philip went on to explain fully what the man was reading in the scroll and when he received the Word with gladness they proceeded on the way and came to some water and he asked Philip to immerse him. The man was reading a Hebrew scroll which would have been handwritten on parchment by a Scribe. He was obviously an educated Cushite man of the royal court of Candace and able to read Hebrew.

 In many versions of the bible he is called an Ethiopian, which we now know to be a Cushite coming from Mesopotamia, the region of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. People of Cush are descended from Noah’s son Ham and came from Mesopotamia (Iraq today) and in appearance were like the Arabs who are also descendants of Ham.

In Matthew 19 Yahusha is speaking -

Matt 19: 12 “For there are

  1. eunuchs who were so born from their mother’s womb, and there are
  2. eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are
  3. eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the reign of the heavens. He who is able to receive it, let him receive it.”

It seems fairly sure that this man came into the last mentioned category of eunuchs who were men devoting their lives to studying and living for the kingdom of heaven.

In fact then this man was neither an Ethiopian, nor was he castrated. He was a man from Cush who found the truth of Yahuah’s word when he met up with Philip.

Neville Shaw


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