Sitting Together In the Word

July 20, 2020

Read Acts 8: 30-31

So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. (ESV)

Reflect

Why is it important for you to read the Scriptures with others?

I love to read my Bible in my comfy chair with a cup of coffee all by myself. It is great and necessary to have that alone time with the Lord.

But this isn’t always the best way to read my Bible. Sometimes, I read really tough passages and I wonder, “What message is God conveying here and why can’t I make sense of it?” It is in those moments when I am reminded of the importance of studying my Bible in the community of other believers.

In this passage of Acts 8, Philip was called by God to go down a desert road. He comes across an Ethiopian eunuch who was in charge of the treasury for the Queen of the Ethiopians. This Ethiopian man must have been a convert to Judaism because he had traveled a long way to Jerusalem to worship and was reading the prophet Isaiah out loud while he was riding home in his chariot. Philip overhears him reading the prophet Isaiah and seizes the opportunity to share the Gospel with him.

I love the dedication and the humility of the Ethiopian in this passage. When Philip asks him if he understands what he is reading, he says “How can I unless someone explains it to me?” (NIV) He was humble enough to admit that he could use a little help. But dedicated enough to keep reading even if he didn’t completely understand. He was teachable and took the opportunity to learn from someone more experienced in the faith. “He invited Philip to come and sit with him.”

Friends, sometimes it’s best to sit together when we read our Bibles. There is so much we can learn from each other. I know that it has been an isolating season of life for many of us. I want to encourage you to find a way to sit with someone to read the Bible this week. We are created to be a community of believers. We aren’t meant to go it alone.


Pray

Lord, I love Your Word. I want to learn as much as I can about You because to know You is to love You. Show me who I can sit with this week to study Your Word. Amen.

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Lord your word is powerful and I want to read your word more so I can under stand your word fully ,but how can I under stand it more ,I need your Holy Spirit to come and teach me more of you my Lord,amen
When this happen to any Christ followers or unbeliever's get stuck on a passage of scripture do not understand a verse they do not understand that person just went on the scene to talk about it. it
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS PLEASE YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT I AM GOING TO SAY IS TO HELP ME UNDERSTAND YOUR BIBLE SO I CAN EFFECT PEOPLE EVERYWHERE I GO AT HOME ;AT WORK ;EVERYWHERE: THANKYOUJESUS!@1
I found this very helpful and it's on pint to my present situation.
Thank you.
Thank you for the word. It help me to grow spend time with God and to learn him more.
I meet weekly in a group of 8-10 men to study Scripture, and we always begin by praying that God will show us what He wants us to learn and what He wants us to do with what we learn. We each bring our unique life experiences and different perspectives to the meeting each week that help us to see so much more in God's Word than we could ever see in our own limited individual perspective.
I am a retired minister of 85 and you described my daily Bible reading exactly. Even though I preface my Bible reading by asking God, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to reveal their message in the text to me, I sometimes come away still wondering if I really understood the truth presented in the passages I read that day. Often another text of Scripture will seemingly pop into my mind and I will go to that text to see what it says that may shed light on what I just read. Sometimes, like your example, I find asking someone else what they think the text means is helpful and other times I go to my Concordance or other Bible helps to get God's intent.
Thank you, I am encouraged and motivated to continue meeting in my small group studying and meditating on God's Word. Lord, thank You for the small group You have placed me in to grow and encourage each other in the Your Word. Help us not to neglect coming together in love and fellowship. We ask Your continued Presence in our meetings.
Studying with others like minded people help with the growth of God's Word
I am encouraged to study with others.
I do agree in studying the word of God with others. Every Sunday night, in our small group we discuss a particular Bible verse with our young pastor and through his theological teachings , we understand more the meaning of the verse. Thank you.
We are doing it right here. You are not alone even when no one is around. Jesus said for those who believe he is always with him. Read, pray, reach out to others and the Spirit will give you insight that will amaze you and give Jesus glory. Jesus loves you Kyle
My husband and I read together but there are so many passages we understand nothing so v depend on the online bible sites . thanking God for all the opportunities He has granted for us .thank you
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I wish sometimes I had someone to read with me. Unfortunately, I don't!