Acts Chapter 7

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Acts 7

1 Then said the high priest, Are these things so?

2 And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran,

3 And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee.

4 Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell.

5 And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child.

6 And God spake on this wise, That his seed should sojourn in a strange land; and that they should bring them into bondage, and entreat them evil four hundred years.

7 And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place.

8 And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs.

9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,

10 And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.

11 Now there came a dearth over all the land of Egypt and Chanaan, and great affliction: and our fathers found no sustenance.

12 But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first.

13 And at the second time Joseph was made known to his brethren; and Joseph’s kindred was made known unto Pharaoh.

14 Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.

15 So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers,

16 And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem.

17 But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt,

18 Till another king arose, which knew not Joseph.

19 The same dealt subtilly with our kindred, and evil entreated our fathers, so that they cast out their young children, to the end they might not live.

20 In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father’s house three months:

21 And when he was cast out, Pharaoh’s daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son.

22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.

23 And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.

24 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian:

25 For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.

26 And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another?

27 But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us?

28 Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday?

29 Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begat two sons.

30 And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.

31 When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the Lord came unto him,

32 Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold.

33 Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground.

34 I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt.

35 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush.

36 He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years.

37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.

38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

39 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,

40 Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.

41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.

42 Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness?

43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen.

45 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David;

46 Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.

47 But Solomon built him an house.

48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,

49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?

50 Hath not my hand made all these things?

51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:

53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.

55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,

58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.

59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

37 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 7

  1. A Price to pay

    58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.

    59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

    60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
    Why do you think Stephen said all this? My dad used to say that sometimes people need to be reminded of who they were, who they are, and where did they come from, to realize who they can be. Stephen wanted to open their eyes, so they may see the great blessings that God has given them from the beginnings. Some people are overwhelmed with anger, intolerance, and fear when they are reminded of the past. They are still stuck and defined by it; too scared of change, and new things. Stephen saw the value of what they can be in Jesus Christ, he saw it so clearly that even at the end he does not want to hold them responsible for what they did to him; asking for their forgiveness, just like Christ did on the cross. The main question is and always will be; ARE YOU WILLING TO GIVE YOUR LIFE FOR HIS KINGDOM????

  2. 54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.

    Acts 7:57-58
    Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of the city, and stoned him:and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.

    Acts 2:37-38
    Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

    In acts seven they heard the word and were enraged. They were affected emotionally and lashed out. They were cut to the heart.

    In acts 2 they were pricked in their hearts. They felt conviction that drew them to God.

    We either accept of reject the word. Acceptance leads to repentance and restoration. Rejection leads to anger, and separation.

  3. 5 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

    56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

    57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,

    58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.

    59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

    60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

  4. 60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

    True forgiveness.

    Could we do this? Could we forgive those that try to hurt us right then and there as they are hurting us? For me it would be hard to. In our society today, it’s get hurt, hurt back. But vengeance is the Lords not ours. Allow The Lord to fight ,for he has already won.

  5. After a compelling history lesson, the truth Stephen spoke could not be tolerated by the hearers. Sometimes the conviction of the truth causes anger. We must pray and forgive those that strike out when we point out the sin in their lives.

  6. Be careful of tradition
    Acts 7:58
    When they had driven him out of the city, they began stoning him; and the witnesses laid aside their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul.

    They did as they thought was right according to Lev 24:14,16. The law required him to be stoned for blasphemy. They thought he was a blasphemer. When you think about it, it’s not a big step to draw such a conclusion.

    Today we should be careful to examination everything to double check the facts. We do not want to make the same mistakes today. This applies to both changes in the way we serve God and changes in the way we interact with today’s western culture.

  7. 34 I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt.

    The same position they where in during their storm was the same position they kept after God delivered them. The children of Isreal where groaning while under Egypts boundage and after God delivered them they still groaned, murmured, and complained.

    We where made to be praisers. Our job does not change because our circumstances change. Praise Him when in the land of Goshen, praise Him while in Egypt, and praise Him all the way to the promise land. Nike’s theme is “Just Do It” God’s theme is “Just Praise Me”

  8. 60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

    Yes Stephen was stoned to death for his message. A message that cut to the hearts of the people he preached to, because they did not want to change.
    The great part of this chapter to me is Stephens spirit (LAY NOT THIS SIN TO THEIR CHARGE), this is what we all should strive for. A Christ like spirit, Jesus said Father forgive them for they know not what they do. Jesus put a man’s ear back on after Peter the disciple cut it off.

    They that live by the sword die by the sword.

    My prayer today is Lord help all of POFW to have a Christ like spirit, where others can see Jesus in us, in our everyday life.
    Yes how we treat others matters.

  9. SANTO!!!
    54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.
    55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
    56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

    WOW!!! and some people are always complaining that they got it rough at work or other places, not realizing that what we go through is nothing compared to what he (a disciple) went through………..
    JESUS I praise you and I thank you!!! only YOU are worthy of all Praise and Glory!!! I love you JESUS!!! HALELUJAH!!!

  10. HISTORY

    60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

    A saying that I have heard all of my life is “the TRUTH hurts sometimes”. In this chapter we witness this principal in the spiritual, emotional and natural senses of man.

    This chapter of tremendous HISTORY provoked great pain in the TRUTH being revealed. As Stephen vividly quoted the HISTORY of the events of their heritage. We witness the council hurt in their emotional being as a result of the events that occurred. We then witness the events of the needless murder of the disciple the TRUTH physically hurt Stephen. As I read this great account again today the TRUTH hurt my spirit to conviction over the testimony of Stephen and how he repeated the HISTORY of our savior in verse 60.

    Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

    My prayer today is that we learn from this chapter the eternal value of speaking the TRUTH and the eternal value of FORGIVENESS.

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  11. 54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.
    55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
    56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

    Jesus said when we are persecuted and placed on trial to not try to think of what to say. Jesus says he will give us the words to speak if we are in this situation. Stephen spoke magnificently and the priests were cut to their heart. Stephen was full of faith & power & spoke the word powerfully as directed by the Holy Ghost. No matter where we find ourselves-in a Bible study or witnessing-we will speak his word effectively when we are also full of faith & power.

  12. Just like with Stephen’s accusers, people today would rather close their ears and deny the truth of God’s word. We must continue to break up this fallow ground, so that some will turn to God, like Saul. Saul witnessed Stephen’s testimony and death, and later became one of the greatest missionaries for Christ.

  13. Looking Ahead

    Acts 7:4 MSG
    So he left the country of the Chaldees and moved to Haran. After the death of his father, he immigrated to this country where you now live, but God gave him nothing, not so much as a foothold. He did promise to give the country to him and his son later on, even though Abraham had no son at the time. God let him know that his offspring would move to an alien country where they would be enslaved and brutalized for four hundred years. ‘But,’ God said, ‘I will step in and take care of those slaveholders and bring my people out so they can worship me in this place.’

    Hebrews 11:8-16
    8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

    9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

    10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

    11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

    12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

    13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

    14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

    15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

    16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

    Jeremiah 29:11
    For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

    Life and circumstances can be intimidating in that in-between after we hear the call of God and have responded but have not yet stepped into the place of fulfillment of His promise. In the midst of the process we must walk by faith and keep our eyes on Jesus and the future He said He had for us. To look to another direction or conclusion would only lead us off-course from the destination He has planned.

    Anyone who’s spent a reasonable amount of time behind the wheel of a car has probably encountered the phenominom of taking your eyes off the road in front of you (perhaps you were looking around for a business or street address) only to realize when you look back that you had left your intended course and had begun to veer in the direction in which you were looking. It is natural for us to follow where we are looking. Our course may not immediately turn sharply in an off-course focus, but it will usually immediately begin to effect it in some way.

    But that’s where faith kicks in. It is faith that keeps the promise alive each day and faith that keeps our eyes on track looking ahead. There may be many seemingly legitimate reasons to look off-course and raging storms may paint an ugly picture of our ‘now,’ but no matter how it looks or what has gone on behind us, we will only arrive at our destiny if we will keep our eyes off all the ‘stuff’ and just keep them looking ahead.

    Matthew 14:24-32
    24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

    25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

    26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

    27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

    28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

    29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

    30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

    31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

    32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.

  14. 57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,

    Power in unity.

    We see here another example of the tremendous power of unity used wrong.
    We know that the Bible tells us what the Word of God will do.

    Hebrews 4:12-13 NLT. For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.

    And the use of the word is:

    2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

    And the Lord says that nothing that is proposed shall be withheld when people are in agreement.

    6 And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.

    What a great power we find in unity!
    When two or more agree…they go places. Unity is something that should be continually in our prayers for our families and churches. God honors unity. Let us pray for one another let us pray that we may love each other as Christ loves is and pray to protect our unity. And nothing that we propose will be withheld.

  15. It is important what is passed from generation to generation. We are responsible to tell our children and our children’s children the knowledge we have been given of the truth of salvation. Stephen in this chapter recounts important details of Abraham, Moses and Joseph to influence the lives of those he was teaching in the book of Acts. Had the history of the gospel he was about to die for not been recounted unto him time and time again, he would never have been able to use it as examples generations later.

    We, who have been blood bought and filled with the holy ghost, have a Godly heritage that we must learn all we can about, and teach our children. Write it down, read it to them, bind it about their necks, make it plain and clear so that they know what they believe and why. There will come a day when we all will have to stand for truth and we must know what we stand for and why. Should judgement come before the great catching away, we might be standing in Stephens shoes to be stoned for the gospel, we must know what we believe and be willing to lay down our life for the gospel. This chorus rings in my heart today:

    I am not ashamed of the gospel, The gospel of Jesus Christ
    No, I am not afraid to be counted, But I’m willing to give my life
    See I’m ready to be, All He wants me to be
    Give up the wrong for the right
    No, I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ
    No, I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ

  16. 51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
    52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:

    And Bible study was going sooooo well before Stephen lost his cool…

    Before Jesus was brought into the picture, the council could find no fault in what Stephen was telling them, it was a very abridged version of what they were trying to tell the people. When Stephen started to speak directly to them about their sin however, the people got in a large uproar.

    People today do the same. People are very touchy when you address their sins, and want to lash back, as if we are trying to do it out of malice. With all we, as the church, say to anyone else, we must take into account and seek if God is really telling us to say something, or if it is our pride and our “holyer than thou” attitude that is showing it face. Before we ever say a word to them we must decide this. Then, we still can say nothing if it is not out of love and with humility, or we become a resounding gong just as Paul tells us. Proverbs warns us that an offended brother is harder to win than a walled city…

    Was Stephen wrong for waht he said, and how he addressed them? Not my call, but I believe that he spoke just as Christ would have, and called them out for trying to get him to bow to their desires. Bro Cornwell did such a wonderful job teaching about teaching HBS. I remember him saying that some people are looking for “personal pastors”, and if they reject the Holy Ghost because they want a “personal pastor” then we are to hurry and finish and go where someone is ready and wanting to recieve His word, maybe that is what Stephen was doing there.

  17. “Being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven”. His focus was on what mattered, God (Jesus). One must endeavor to focus on what really matters (Jesus); “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds”. What a mighty God we serve, thank God for his word! God bless Jerusalem and you all, in Jesus name, Amen

  18. 54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.

    55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

    The truth of God is unpopular even in modern day Christianity. It’s become tradition vs truth in some instances. We must be careful that our traditions line up with all of Gods truth not just pieces. The men heard and were filled with condemnation and lashed out, Instead of being sensitive to the Holy Ghost and being convicted allowing themselves to change. Our hearts should be more after Gods truth than mans tradition.

  19. 60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

    Forgiveness! What a great witness to have! Of all the truth that was spoken by this great teacher. I believe the greatest thing he taught was that of forgiveness. Most of what was he said was known unto them but it was the example of a Christ I believe that made a difference in the life of at least one man who witness this event.

  20. Acts 7:60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

    Stephen’s prayer demonstrates that he was speaking the truth in love, not in malice.

    Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

    Luke 23:34 Then Jesus said, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

  21. God sends a Angel to Moses 30. And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Si’-na an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush. 31. When Mo’-ses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the Lord came unto him, 32. Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of A’-bra-ham, and the God of I’-saac, and the God of Ja’-cob. Then Mo’-ses trembled, and durst not behold. 33. Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground. 34. I have seen, I have seenthe affliction of my people which is in E’-gypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into E’-gypt. 35. This Mo’-ses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? the same did God sendto be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush. 36. He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of E’-gypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years. 37. This is that Mo’-ses, which said unto the children of Is’-ra-el, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. 38. This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Si’-na, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

  22. Ilove to eat the Word

    Sorry Jesus for the late blog.

    19 The same dealt subtilly with our kindred, and evil entreated our fathers, so that they cast out their young children, to the end they might not live.

    This happened to the Children of Israel…great persecution and it wasnt long until God brought great deliverance… The same was true with the reign of Hitler, there was great persecution and it wasnt long until God gave the Jews back their land.

    The Pentecostals of Fort Worth are fixing to have a great breakthrough and God is going to bless us.

  23. What a bible study! I can’t believe these people who were supposed to be so studied had to be taught so much. If they who lived in this time needed such a study, that tells me I need to study that much more! Dear God open the scriptures to me so that I might truly understand your word!

  24. Stephen had the Holy Ghost when he died, Lord lead me and guide me to reach the lost so they can receive your Holy Spirit and Baptism. Revival is here!!! Lets reach the City of Fort Worth, may your will be done Lord.

  25. 54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.

    People do not like to hear the truth. The truth will make them do some undesirable things. What most need to realize is the truth is what sets us free. It will keep you from feeling or being bound.

  26. Bold Stephen

    Passion? You better believe it! Boldness? No doubt! Truth? Stephen speaks it without apology. Can you tell Peter’s bold spirit has been rubbing off, shall we say the Holy Spirit. His final accusations bring some tough words to his hears. Some may say, ” Stephen is not very diplomatic. If he would have been more sensitive and careful with his words, he might have lived to preach another day”

    Please remember, diplomacy is not what Stephen’s message is about. His message is about truth. The problem is not in the words he speaks, or the tone in which he speaks. The problem is the heart of the listeners. The conflict arises because his words are not palatable to his hearers ..the Sanhedrin again. Just like his Saviour, Stephen speaks the truth, and it costs him his life. His message however is loud and clear: the history of the Israelite nation reveals again and again their rejection of the God who is their Father. God seeks them and loves them, but they keep running, refusing to see, hear, or listen. In Stephen’s accusers we see the same pattern. God wants to extend his grace, but instead of recieving it, the people respond by killing the messenger.

  27. 56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

    57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,

    58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.

    59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

    60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

    We can’t kill the messenger just because we don’t want to hear what they have to say. The truth is what brings revelation and growth. Let’s take the knowledge given to us to expand ourselves. We can never stop learning. It’s our responsibility to teach the lower generations who will in turn teach the generations below them…

  28. In this chapter, Stephen reminded everyone of the history of the events that God had brought his people through. You may think sometimes that your testimony or witness is falling on deaf ears; but, like Stephen his death and testimony was heard by one who would later continue the fight. We must never stop reaching, never stop trying; but, always continue to shine for Jesus.

  29. There’s a hurting people out there that need to hear Gods truth! They have been lied to enough times and are looking for someone to tell them the truth!

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