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Daily Encounter: A Week-day Devotional by a staff of ACTS International.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Great Significance

On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. He had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied.1


Nothing in the Bible was written without being inspired by God Himself, which means that He had a reason for everything, and everyone mentioned in Scripture; even though they may seem insignificant. While Jesus walked this earth, He personally spoke with people who were considered insignificant by others but mattered greatly to our Lord; nothing or no one went unnoticed. Everyone we read about in the Bible, God used to forward His plan of Salvation, and He gave their stories to us as lessons so that we might learn from their lives.


We've read about Jesus' ministry and the ministry carried on by His twelve disciples. Then the disciples chose another seven men to help them further their ministries (Acts 6). Their stories are few and only occasionally mentioned today. Then we come across random verses like Acts 21:9 — He [Philip] had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied — and that is all we know about these four daughters! However, this verse actually has a much greater significance. These young women are second-generation Christians. Their father was a believer who was part of a significant ministry (Acts 8) and these four daughters had followed in their father's footsteps. God had something to say for parents who raised their children for the Lord, "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."2 He also had something to say to those children,


Be careful to obey all these words that I command you, that it may go well with you and with your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God.3

These young women were taught to serve the Lord and they continued in their faith into their adult life. Although this little verse was hidden within this chapter and easily looked over, it was placed there as an important reminder to fathers and mothers alike — our role is to raise our children for the Lord, lighting a fire in their souls that will remain with them forever. In turn, our daughters and sons will carry on that torch furthering the kingdom of God.

Suggested Prayer: Dear Lord, Your Word holds so much more than just stories and I'm so thankful that the smallest of verses can speak to me and teach me. Help me to be a faithful example to my children of your grace and love. In Jesus' name, Amen.

1.    Acts 21:8-9 (ESV).

2.    Proverbs 22:6.

3.    Deuteronomy 12:28.

Today's Encounter was written by: Veronica B.



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