Acts Chapter 7

JESUS today YOU will SAVE me.

Eat This Book

Read Proverbs Chapter 8

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.

Advertisements

36 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 7

  1. I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groans and have come down to rescue them. Now go, for I am sending you back to Egypt.’ (‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭7‬:‭34‬ NLT)

    He has came to save his people that have burdens. Come lay your burdens down at his feet and give him praise.

    “Stress is the lack of faith in God. ”

    Name one prophet your ancestors didn’t persecute! They even killed the ones who predicted the coming of the Righteous One—the Messiah whom you betrayed and murdered. You deliberately disobeyed God’s law, even though you received it from the hands of angels.” (‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭7‬:‭52-53‬ NLT)

    They were told the truth and the truth was a hard pill to swallow. They needed to be corrected they didn’t want to except the truth right now.

    As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died. (‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭7‬:‭59-60‬ NLT)

    Persecuted for Preaching the Gospel. Thank you Jesus.

    We will or persecuted.in the endtime But if we will stay faithful to him and his word when it’s our time to die we will not cry and weep and be full of sorrow. And wish to live or life over again. But we will be glad And happy.

    Feeling:
    “Dying like a hero going home”

    Joyful.

  2. vss 51- 53 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

    Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and have slain them which she we’d before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:

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

    First of all thank GOD for Truth and HIS angels that preach and proclaim TRUTH .
    Thank you Pastor for teaching Truth.

    We can see s consistent pattern of rebellion that has been passed from one generation to another.
    My prayer this morning is to come against the spirit of rebellion and loose HIS HOLY SPIRIT and come to obedience having strong faith in the message of JESUS CHRIST as Stephen did because the stones will come from the skeptics.
    Stay full of the Holy Ghost !!!
    HIS WORD HIS MESSAGE IS FOREVER.
    JESUS IS THE LORD FROM GLORY.

    iRepent
    iPray
    iObey
    iPraise
    i Stand for JESUS CHRIST

  3. 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.

    What an example of forgiveness! We want to have revenge on those that do us wrong or even say something against us, but he was being stoned to death and held no grudge against those in the act of stoning him. I believe he was following Jesus’ example:

    Luke 23:33-34 KJV
    33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.

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

  4. One place to live.

    However, the Most High doesn’t live in temples made by human hands. As the prophet says, ‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Could you build me a temple as good as that?’ asks the LORD. ‘Could you build me such a resting place? Didn’t my hands make both heaven and earth?’ “You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you! (‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭7‬:‭48-51‬ NLT)

    It is His desire to dwell in the heart of man, His creation. How much longer will man continue rejecting a HOLY GOD? How much more Will man continue pushing away what is truth, what is merciful, what is loving, what gives life?

    We are asked in scripture:

    For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (‭Mark‬ ‭8‬:‭36-37‬ KJV)

    Are material and possessions more important to man kind, than a relationship with almighty GOD? Possessions of the world can numb and distract anyone. Make sure that it isn’t you/I!!!
    Get into relationship with Him. Pray, Worship, eat Of His word daily.

    Just last week I was talking to a young man, I was taken by surprise, as he had requested that some things be changed in his life immediately. I actually was filled with mixed emotions and wondering could this be true? He must of seen the shock but yet at the same time smile on my face, when suddenly I was about ask” what is this all about”? He quickly said, ” I’ve been reading the bible, my eyes were opened.” Change took place in His heart. He knew what was important, and what he had been losing out on.
    Stay focused, keep your eyes on what’s important.

  5. i Love eat the Word

    “When Bible Studies Go Wrong”

    So as I was reading the blog this morning, I was thinking about the HBS that Stephen was teaching. It seems that it was going really good all the way to verse 51. Once we get to verse 51 is when Stephen lays it down. He was like…”You are stiff necks” and when he said that, it was an early retirement for this great man of God.

    Basically a good message I have learned to day is “more forgiveness” because he forgave them for taking his life, however, throughout this day I will be meditating on why Stephen went from verse 50 to 51 with such drastic change…That being said, let us walk in “More Forgiveness.”

  6. Wow, what a response from Stephen…..I don’t think the high priest was expecting a crash course in Truth. As posted in a prior blog, Matthew 10:17-20 MSG “Don’t be naive. Some people will impugn your motives, others will smear your reputation—just because you believe in me. Don’t be upset when they haul you before the civil authorities. Without knowing it, they’ve done you—and me—a favor, given you a platform for preaching the kingdom news! And don’t worry about what you’ll say or how you’ll say it. The right words will be there; the Spirit of your Father will supply the words.” Stephen was so focused on God in verses 54-56 MSG “At that point they went wild, a rioting mob of catcalls and whistles and invective. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, hardly noticed—he only had eyes for God, whom he saw in all his glory with Jesus standing at his side. He said, “Oh! I see heaven wide open and the Son of Man standing at God’s side!” Stay focused on Jesus!

  7. The Great Just One!!!!

    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:

    We all have a choice, the voice of a prophet will bring conviction to our heart or self condemnation . Conviction brings repentance while self condemnation brings rebellion. You can chose to be convicted by the voice of the prophet or you can chose to have self condemnation which will lead you to anger, and sin. Proverbs 29:22 ESV A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression. Ephesians 4:26 ESV / 21 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
    Ephesians 4:31 ESV / 11 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

    God always give a way to escape. Romans 12:19 ESV / 6 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

    Next time you get angry because of someone, just give them to God, He will avenge you!!!!

  8. Two Crowns

    Acts 7:59 (KJV Strong’s)
    59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

    They stoned Stephen. His name means a crown. This is not a crown like a king wears, but rather a crown of victory like in Classical Greek games.

    This crown was woven together and represented first place, much like our gold medals, or trophies of today.

    Interestingly the same word used for Stephen’s name crown, is the same word used for Jesus’ crown of thorns.

    Matthew 27:29 (KJV Strong’s)
    29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

    Crown – g4735. στέφανος stephanos; from an apparently primary στέφω stephō (to twine or wreathe); a chaplet (as a badge of royalty, a prize in the public games or a symbol of honor generally; but more conspicuous and elaborate than the simple fillet, 1238), literally or figuratively: — crown.

    Stephen meant crown of victory. His life was an example of the crown of victory over this life. In his last dying words he cried Lord lay not this sin to their charge.

    This was almost identical to Jesus crying forgive them father they know not what they do.

    We also have a chance for this crown of victory.

    James 1:12 (KJV Strong’s)
    12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

    The lord has promised us a crown. It may seem like it has thorns in this life, but in the next it will proclaim victory over sin, and flesh.

    This crown I laid up for those whose forgiving spirits endure their cross, and forget the trespasses against them.

    The next time we see the crown of thorns it is a golden crown of victory.

    Revelation 14:14 (KJV Strong’s)
    14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.

    Before we can get the golden crown, we must first endure the crown of thorns.

    The crown of thorns becomes the golden crown in eternity.

  9. Amen
    acts 2 : 38 then peter said unto them repent and be baptized in the name of jesuschrist and ye shall receive the gift of the holy Ghost

  10. 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,

    Thank you jesus foe what you have done.

  11. vs-59
    As Stephen was stoned he cried out Lord recive my spirit and he fell to his knees shouting Lord dont charge them with sin.

  12. Stephen full of the Holy Ghost boldly taught the court that day. He brought up their history, facts that they knew, and tied it together with the truth that they were choosing not to see.

    The Holy Ghost teaches us
    John14:26
    But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

    Stephen didn’t prepare his speech, he flowed with the spirit of God and was sensitive to the unction of the Holy Ghost. He was submitted to God even to his death. The will of God was done and men’s hearts were cut, but instead of repenting the hardened their hearts and killed Stephen.

    Not everyone wants to hear the truth, and not everyone wants to know God. We are commanded to go forth and teach all nations, but we are not promised everyone will accept it. We should still carry on the call and not get discouraged.

  13. 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.

    Stephen being full of the Holy Ghost and preaching the message that pricked the hearts of these people! When you warn people of the coming end and they do not heed your warning, you never know how they will respond. These people stoned him to death.
    How we respond to preaching is important in our walk with God!

  14. TRUTH HURTS

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

    The response to a matter lies in the hands of the recipient, we have witnessed in our own United States of America the diversity of responses to certain situations and how quickly order and control are thrown to the side for personal demonstration. We learn form reading Acts chapter 7 that this is nothing new. Stephen being full of faith and the Holy Ghost faced his foes and with great FAITH spoke the TRUTH of generations, his words were MORE TRUTH than they could handle.

    The danger of Ministry is that; though it is TRUTH everyone is not prepared or willing to receive TRUTH and each individual response is very unpredictable.

    Consider:

    In Acts 2:37 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?
    38 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.
    39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
    40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
    41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

    TRUTH hurt to the result of a 3000 soul revival.

    However in Acts 7:54 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.

    TRUTH hurt to the result of a grievous murder of an honest man of GOD.

    What will our response be to TRUTH?

    Avoid IT?
    Murder?
    Repentance?

    Choose wisely all decisions have eternal implications.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap

  15. 59 As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
    60 He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died. (NLT)

    Even as he was being stoned, Stephen continued to pray and forgive those stoning him. I would say this is a great example of forgiveness. Even when we are being oppressed and criticized, especially about God’s Word, we musn’t take it personally. Rather though, understand that we have done our duty to the Lord and as long as we are obedient to what He has asked, such acts as those who chose to stone Stephen, is an act that lies in their own hands. So just like Stephen, if we ever find ourselves in such a situation we need to remember forgiveness!

  16. 54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.

    We must allow them word of God to cut us. I would rather hear something that at first I was upset at and then gained understanding of it. Than to live a life of patty cake religion. Thank God for a pastor who allows the word to cut us.

  17. 39 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,

    Its a dangerous place to be when you don’t obey the man of God. Obedience is what keeps us from sin and if we do not submit today the man of God we find ourselves backslidden in heart. The journey from our mind to our hands is shorter than we’re thinking

  18. Stephen giving a mini history lesson of the inheritance of truth passed down to him from the forefathers of old, Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Aaron — all of which imparted something in his life that would cause him to take a stand for truth, and ultimately lose his life in the end. He was not ashamed of the gospel that had been imparted to him. He didn’t compromise in order to save his own life. He remained faithful and true. What a testimony that we will have to stand against at judgement.

    Are we willing to share the same history of our truth inheritance? Are we proud of who we are and where we have come from? More importantly are we willing to surrender our life for the gospel? These are hard questions that we always think we will never have to answer, but the way our world is going there may come that time when we do have to stand up against adversity just like Stephen.

  19. 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.

    Even in his darkest hour, Stephen stayed faithful to God in prayer. Even though they were beating him, he forgave them. This is the kind of relationship that I want with God! Lord make me more like you!

  20. After Stephen was appointed to minister in Acts 6, he was used of God for great miracles which stirred up the enemy of that region -vs 8. Now he is on trial and instead of defending himself, he began to teach and expound the truth to the council. Of course they hired false witnesses and the trial would not be a fair one, nevertheless Stephen was greatly used of God in his death. The enemy wanted to stomp out the truth, but instead Stephen expounded the word of God for a man named Saul, who would soon become the next greatly used man of God. We never know who we are witnessing to, we just have to keep sowing the seed and allow God to raise up the fruit from it.

  21. Holy ground !!!! 29. Then fled Mo’-ses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Ma’-di-an, where he begat two sons. 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. Exod. 3 : 5 Jesus you are Worthy !!!! Jesus you are Holy !!!

  22. 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,

    This chapter has been one of my favorites.  Every time I read it I can almost feel the energy, passion and unction in how Stephen was delivering his message.  The greatest thing I caught from this is how we all need a bible study.  No matter if you are the smallest servant or the highest ranking preacher.  The Truth will always produce a reaction.  Stephen was speaking truth to them, he was just simply speaking Jesus, the Truth.  We must be ready to speak this truth and know that it will always cause a reaction.  It may be good or it may be bad, but the word of God quickens.  It is a risk that needs to he done.  Explain the people that they may not be lost or end up in eternal fire of pain.  Some people are deceived, some are confused, some grew up thinking that they have the truth, some may need to be taught a more perfect way, and those revelations can come through a bible study…  The same word that pricked the hearts of this people that acted in a bad manner against Stephen is the same word that taught Stephen to love and forgive and have him the strength to endure the race till the end.  We simply need More Word of God in our life!! Yes it will cause a reaction we must be ready  

    Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
     
    John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 

  23. “When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.” The word of God (Jesus) is true and powerful, and will have an effect. All the more why one must read and seek God, elsewise one may also take offense. What a mighty God we serve! Thank God for his word. God bless America, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  24. 51, “Ye stiffnecked (stubborn; obstinate) and uncircumsied in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.”
    54, “When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed upon him with there teeth.”
    57, “Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord.”

    Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

    These people were so stubborn, wanted their own way, and so full of sin, that when the truth was preached to them, they could not receive it and it made them mad.
    The word of God is so powerful and sharp that it cuts the heart, and it is up to the hearer as to how he/she will receive it. Joyfully or Mad.

  25. 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.

    Sometimes people don’t want to hear you speak the truth about their actions, especially when they are resisting the Holy Spirit in their lives. We should be aware of this when we speak the truth to others when the spirit of rebellion is getting ahold of them.

    But also remember to not be afraid, for when God urges you to speak the truth to someone it’s to help save that person. Stephen was trying to help them to see what they were doing but they didn’t want to listen. You may get rejected but remember that you still need to speak to them for their sake.

  26. Sweet Stephan talking to God….
    60/

    Sometimes I need to pray for my sisters or other people of God. Instead of getting upset what they do or say to me they are just helping me. Stephan prayed to God about the persecution that was being done to him that the Lord would have mercy on them…this is a very good word for me today just pray for the persecutors in our life. And See how God will handle it. He will find a way to escape when we I think there is no way. Hes a good God and I love him so.

  27. 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

    It is important to live so honorable that even in the moment right before you take you last breath you are able to forgive. The scripture says “he cried with a loud voice. ” I believe that in that moment he had more burden for the lost souls that were about to kill him than the fact he was about to die.

  28. 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.

    Exodus 3:7New Living Translation (NLT)
    7 Then the Lord told him, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering.

    Acts 7:42-43New Living Translation (NLT)
    42 Then God turned away from them and abandoned them to serve the stars of heaven as their gods! In the book of the prophets it is written,
    ‘Was it to me you were bringing sacrifices and offerings
    during those forty years in the wilderness, Israel?
    43 No, you carried your pagan gods—
    the shrine of Molech,
    the star of your god Rephan,
    and the images you made to worship them.
    So I will send you into exile
    as far away as Babylon.

    Acts 7:50-60New Living Translation (NLT)
    50 Didn’t my hands make both heaven and earth?
    51 “You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you!
    52 Name one prophet your ancestors didn’t persecute! They even killed the ones who predicted the coming of the Righteous One—the Messiah whom you betrayed and murdered.
    53 You deliberately disobeyed God’s law, even though you received it from the hands of angels.”
    54 The Jewish leaders were infuriated by Stephen’s accusation, and they shook their fists at him in rage.
    55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand.
    56 And he told them, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!”
    57 Then they put their hands over their ears and began shouting. They rushed at him
    58 and dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. His accusers took off their coats and laid them at the feet of a young man named Saul.
    59 As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
    60 He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died

    We die daily from our flesh(or we should die daily from our flesh for God)
    Oh to be like thee!!! How beautiful Stephans death truly was how he didn’t care all he did was just listen to the Holy Spirit and trusted in God’s word.
    I NEED MORE OF YOU JESUS AND LESS OF ME!!!!
    Take me Jesus to the place of peace, where there is no suffering and no shame there is only you and ONLY YOU I LIVE FOR DAILY!!!
    I LOVE YOU LORD and I LIFT MY VOICE TO WORSHIP YOU!!!
    GLORY GLORY GLORY!!! AMEN.

  29. Put the stones down!

    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.

    These men should have let the preached word convict their hearts into repentance but they rejected it and the preacher. How many times have we felt opposition when our pastor is preaching. When he says something that makes some of us want to repent but we feel a definate fight in the congregation? This is the the congregation picking up their spiritual stones and killing the voice of God in their life. We all need a preacher who will not be concerned with the popular message rather the message that will lead us into repentance that we may obtain mercy through it. When you reject that voice it is shutting off Gods ability to rescue you, to sound the alarm of warning in your life. ee have to put the stones down in our hearts and let the checks come and change us. I’m glad to be under a pastor that is not afraid to say what God is really speaking to him even if it’s not popular. If anyone reads my post tonight I’m not good with people throwing stones at my pastor. The lord will ultimately deal with it.

    Put the stones down

  30. Unstoppable

    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?

    Stephen probably understood that the Jews meant to kill him, and in the midst of his speaking to them, it appears he likened them to the Jews who rejected Moses; the ones who rejected the one sent from God to save them. Yet he goes on the speak about how after fleeing to the desert, Moses came back around and the purpose of God was fulfilled. It seems he was telling them, “You can reject me, but you’re just rejecting the One who sent me for the purpose of preaching to you the gospel and even if you reject me and kill me, you won’t stop this gospel, it’ll just come back around again.” Even in the midst of facing death, Stephen reached for the souls of those around him, his faith high in the One who sent him and in the fact that His gospel would be unstoppable.

    Mark 16:15
    And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

  31. “But the man in the wrong pushed Moses aside. ‘Who made you a ruler and judge over us?’ he asked. ‘Are you going to kill me as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?’ When Moses heard that, he fled the country and lived as a foreigner in the land of Midian. There his two sons were born. (‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭7‬:‭27-29‬ NLT)

    When God has a set plan for you you can’t just get frustrated and run for the hills as soon as you’re approached by someone or something that questions you. People don’t understand the ways of God, unless it’s revealed to them. Obey Gods will and in His time all will be revealed.

  32. Love for the deceived

    Acts 7:60
    Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” Having said this, he fell asleep.

    It would appear that God answered this prayer in regards to Saul. He would later be converted and write more than half of the New Testament.

  33. More compassion

    Stephen had compassion on the people. He told testified of the wonders of God’s grace through out the scriptures and they stoned him. His final words were for more compassion. If we diligently seek JESUS then we too can have more compassion in adversity.

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

    Lord im going to open my heart and ears to hear your will.

  35. And while they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, Lord Jesus, receive and accept and welcome my spirit! And falling on his knees, he cried out loudly, Lord, fix not this sin upon them [lay it not to their charge]! And when he had said this, he fell asleep [in death]. (‭Acts‬ ‭7‬:‭59-60‬ AMP)

    What beautiful example of true forgiveness.

    And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your failings and shortcomings. (‭Mark‬ ‭11‬:‭25-26‬ AMP)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s