At first glance, verses 1-3 are a disaster.
It isn’t until later that we learn that Saul’s persecution of the church will eventually lead him into leadership in the church.
Stephen is buried, Saul will become Paul.
In verses 59-60, as Stephen is dying, he prays for his attackers.
Can’t say I’d be feeling so generous under these circumstances.
His response is very similar to Jesus’ “Forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing” request from the cross.
In verses 54-58, the crowd attacks Stephen. Saul stands by and does cloak duty during the proceedings.
In verses 51-53, Stephen rips apart his listeners.
Then, in verses 20-44, Stephen summarizes Moses’ life.
Next, Stephen describes the accomplishments of Joseph and introduces Moses (vv. 9-20).
In verses 2-8, Stephen reviews the life of Abraham and mentions Isaac and Jacob.
cf. Acts 7:1ff
- Stephen puts the Sanhedrin in their place via a history lesson
- Stephen is stoned to deat