Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Peter, Paul, and Phillip

Love Peter. The rock. The loud mouth. the denier, the hothead, the passionate one...

Used to hate Paul... thought he was arrogant and pushy.
Have come to appreciate Paul more in the last few years... He sure went through a lot of struggles, but finished strong.

Phillip... Love the story of Phillip and the Ethiopian. He meets this guy on the road, overhears him reading the book of Isaiah out loud, and asks him if he knows what he is reading. The Ehiopian says "How can I understand unless someone explains it to me?" So Phillip explains all about Jesus starting right from where the ethiopian was reading.  That is amazing to me. I'm thinking that Phillip knew the scriptures so well, that he could have talked about Jesus no matter where the Ethiopian was reading!

But the really cool part of the story is that after Phillip baptizes the ethiopian (at his request: "There is some water. What keeps me from being baptized?") He disappears and reappears in a city far away!

That's like Star Trek stuff back in 35 AD!


1 comment:

Sheila Siler said...

I have been surprised the last few years to discover just how disliked Paul is. Interesting. Cool "P" people you've profiled here. Some of my favorite books to read in the bible are 1st and 2nd Peter.