I was looking for a particular word in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, and for some un-be-known reason, I looked at the introduction, and became aware of the fact that it took him 30 years to prepare this masterpiece… You read it right, 30 years!
Hold on, just as I was fumbling in my mind about the amount of work involved, I remembered that he did it without a computer. I doubt that he had time for many of the things that we “work” into our schedules these days. Think of the financial support that God must have laid on some of His treasured helpers who saw to his customary needs.
Many in this day and age have come up with new Versions in order to somewhat assist those of younger, or newer converts, in their reading of the Scriptures and understand what they read.
I have often wondered exactly how Philip broke down the wording of Isaiah for the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:32-33)! When you read the rest of the Chapter, do you get goose pimples as the Holy Spirit guides all involved on this roadway and others subsequently?
Let us read the portion that the Ethiopian was reading: “He was led as a sheep to slaughter; and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, So He does not open His mouth. In humiliation His judgment was taken away; who will relate His generation? Of himself or of someone else?” (Isaiah 53) “Please tell me! Of whom, does the prophet say this? Then Philip opened his mouth and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him.”
What followed was more than an eye opener; the eunuch not only understood that message, he follows up with questions on baptism and Philip baptizes him.
(The Baptists love this verse: “and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him.”)
You know what? The end of verse 39 says: The eunuch “went on his way rejoicing!” That should be enough to make any of us “go on our way rejoicing”.