Acts 8 (Key verses: 27-34)
27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”
30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:
“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
Who can speak of his descendants?
For his life was taken from the earth.”
34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
People seek answers in their lives
Whichever time period it may be, people seek answers, solve problems, and take action in order to make their lives more ideal. Especially in terms of religion, solving problems, finding answers, and taking action are principle. Therefore, people go around looking for life’s answers in their own ways.
However, only when the Messiah comes can the fundamental answers in life be given. Consider the New Testament: Jesus did not just give an answer, but he showed the answer while personally putting God’s Will into practice. This is the case when the new time period comes. In this way, the Messiah does not just give theoretical answers, but he solves the problems of the people of the time period as he puts God’s Will into practice.
Biblical seals can only be broken by the one God teaches and sends
The Messiah learns from God not only about how to speak but also how to act. Jesus gave answers and took action himself during his lifetime, and thus he solved the mysteries of the entire Old Testament. Therefore, only those who listen to the Word of the times and take action upon it can solve their problems.
The questions of the former time period are answered in the new time period
Acts 8:27-35 recounts the story of Philip meeting and conversing with an Ethiopian eunuch who was in charge of the treasury of the queen of the Ethiopians. The eunuch was in his chariot, reading the writings of the prophet Isaiah that prophesy about the Messiah. The eunuch asked Philip to please explain to him about whom the prophecy was written. Philip then testified about Jesus clearly and boldly. The eunuch believed his words, was baptized by Philip, and followed the Lord joyfully.
Those who met Jesus during the New Testament gained the answers of the time period and solved their problems. Jesus the Messiah was the answer. He was the answer not only for the religious world but for the entire time period, including politics, arts, culture, and everything else. This is because God took action through him.
People in the Old Testament sought for answers in the Old Testament, but the answers of the Old Testament were in the New Testament—the new history. God always gives the answers to the questions of the former time period in the new time period. What you seek is in the new history ahead of you. It is not in the history of the former time period. God always fulfills the hope of the former time period in the new time period. The Old Testament prophecies were solved in the Old Testament itself, but the major prophecies about the Messiah were fulfilled during the New Testament—the new time period.