When the Spirit says go......

Sunday May 10th, Acts 8: 26Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." 27So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. You could say that when the Spirit says go, you had better be packed and ready, because off you go. In Acts the disciples were charged with spreading the Good News beginning in Jerusalem, or close to home, then Judea or next door to home, and then the Samaria or enemies of your home and then on to the ends of the earth. In this story the Spirit intercedes to make the ends of the earth, and with it, to a Jewish mind, the ends of humanity, happen. Not only is Ethiopia far enough away to where they don’t even know them well enough to call them either friend or enemy, but a Eunuch, come on God what the hell do you think you are doing to us? Well, God does know and what God is doing is saving us, from our tendency to categorize others and even judge who belongs in hell and who doesn’t, but also those whom we have judged. God is serious about this ends of the earth thing, both geographically and with our own sensitivities, or should we say insensitivities. When God created the world and called it good, that is exactly what he meant to say and that is exactly what we are called to live.


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