|30 x 48
Gouache, chalk, and pencil on canvas
|Philip was one of the original twelve disciples commissioned by Jesus to preach the good
news of the kingdom and spread the gospel to the nations. After the death, resurrection, and
ascension of Jesus, and the infilling of the promised Holy Ghost, Philip is preaching in
Samaria when the Angel of the Lord speaks to him, telling him to go south toward a deserted
area lying between Jerusalem and Gaza.
Obeying, he encounters the chariot of the royal steward of Ethiopian Queen Candace - a
eunuch of great authority who had come to Jerusalem to worship the God of Abraham, Isaac,
and Jacob. The eunuch is on his way back to Ethiopia, and is reading the writings of the
prophet Isaiah from the Torah scroll.
The Holy Ghost tells Philip to catch up with the chariot, and upon approaching he overhears
the man reading from the prophet Isaiah, and asks him if he understands what he is reading.
The Ethiopian responds there is no way he can, unless someone guides (explains to) him. He
invites Philip to join him in the chariot.
Beginning at the verse the man is reading (what we would recognize as Isaiah 53:7-8) Philip
preaches the, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Upon grasping this prophetic
revelation, the eunuch insists on being baptized. They have just come upon a body of water,
and there Philip baptizes the Ethiopian.
Immediately following the moment you see depicted in the painting, the Spirit of the Lord
catches Philip away, and transports him to Azotus - an ancient Philistine city we would know
today as Gaza. As you can see from this event, the commission of the first century church
was to reach all people, and there was a Christian presence and testimony in Africa long
before Anglo missionaries set foot on the continent.
|Philip Baptizes the Ethiopian
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