I was studying Acts 8:26-40 this morning and came across something that I was already familiar with but reminded of. Here we have Philip being led of the Spirit to preach to a eunuch under the authority of the Queen of Ethiopia. Much could be said here, but I simply want to point out that Philip eventually preached Yeshua to this man. What does it mean to preach Yeshua?
I would say that since Philip began at Isaiah 53 in his preaching (see Acts 8:29-35) he would have certainly preached the death of Yeshua to the eunuch. If Philip preached the death of Messiah this would in turn mean that he would have preached the death of a sinless Messiah, a perfect lamb, as well as the resurrection from death of the Messiah.
We can also conclude from the context that Philip preached water baptism to the eunuch. We know this because after the text says that Philip preached Yeshua to him they came across a body of water and the eunuch (not Philip) made this statement, "Look, there's water! What would keep me from being baptized?" For the eunuch to ask the question necessarily implies that Philip must have preached to him that he needed to be baptized into the Messiah.
When we preach Yeshua to others does our preaching include water baptism? If not, it certainly should based upon the inspired example in Acts 8.
Blog by Matthew Janzen. Lover of Yahweh, Yeshua, my wife and 5 children. All else is commentary.