cf. Acts 7:1ff
- Stephen puts the Sanhedrin in their place via a history lesson
- Stephen is stoned to deat
When you’re looking to mess with a guy, back off if his face looks like an angel’s.
In verses 11-14, we read that some of Stephen’s enemies used liars to discredit him.
It is interesting that this technique is as popular today as it was 2000 years ago.
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In verses 8-10, we read that Stephen’s opponents were unable to argue against him successfully.
I didn’t notice, until reading the commentary, that a focus of the controversy is not that the early Church is unable or unwilling to provide for the needy. Rather, it’s that non-Jewish believers are systematically overlooked in the distribution of food.
Even at the beginning of the church, there was a tendency toward excluding certain people from its benefits.
This wasn’t right 2000 years ago, and it’s not right today.
- The first deacons are appointed
- Stephen is opposed
In the last verses of Acts 5, we read the advice of a religious leader who takes God’s authority seriously.
Don’t always insist upon making things right. Leave judgments and follow-through up to God.
On Easter Sunday, God took care of us.