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June 30, 2018

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Reading along with us in Acts? Here’s today’s reading:

Acts 7 (ESV)

And the high priest said, “Are these things so?” And Stephen said:

“Brothers and fathers, hear me. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, and said to him, ‘Go out from your land and from your kindred and go into the land that I will show you.’Then he went out from the land of the Chaldeans and lived in Haran. And after his father died, God removed him from there into this land in which you are now living. Yet he gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot’s length, but promised to give it to him as a possession and to his offspring after him, though he had no child. And God spoke to this effect—that his offspring would be sojourners in a land belonging to others, who would enslave them and afflict them four hundred years. ‘But I will judge the nation that they serve,’ said God, ‘and after that they shall come out and worship me in this place....Continue Reading

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  1. 55But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
    59And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

  2. Stephen gives the sanhedran a history lesson and shows that in the same way the Jews of the past rejected God’s will, His revelation and His prophets, they rejected and killed Jesus, the highest expression of all there of them. Sometimes a heightened response to a message shows the greatest impact and conviction. People will either surrender to the message or try to silence it. Unfortunately that is what happens here to an extreme. I guess they forgot Gamaliel’s wise counsel!

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