“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/Stephen’s Speech to the Sanhedrin II

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

<p>”Something About The Name Jesus”, Rance Allen. Something about the name Jesus. Oh, how I love the name Jesus. It is the sweetest name I know. Amen.

“Stephen’s Speech To The Sanhedrin II”, Acts 7:30) And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai an Angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush. Deuteronomy 33:16; Isaiah 63:9. 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 (did not dare to look). 33) Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is Holy ground. Joshua 5:15. 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. Exodus 14:19; Numbers 20:16. 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. Exodus 16:1. 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. Matthew 17:5. 38) This is he, that was in the Church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the Mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us? Romans 3:2. 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 (know) 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? Ezekiel 20:25; Romans 1:24. 43) Yea (but no), 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 (exile) 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. Hebrews 8:5. 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. Isaiah 48:4; Ezekiel 44:9. 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: 2Chronicles 36;16; Jeremiah 26:15, 23. 53) Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. Galatians 3:19. 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. Daniel 7:13. 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. Leviticus 24:16. 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. Matthew 5;44; 1Thessalonians 4:13.

Quest Study Bible – v37, Many Jews considered this prophet to be Joshua, but Moses was also describing the coming Messiah (Deuteronomy 18:15), the one sent by God to save and lead His people. v51, Stiffnecked….uncircumcised hearts: The prophets characterized Israel as wayward oxen that would stiffen their necks and refuse to be directed. Similar metaphors were an unruly calf (Jeremiah 31:18) and uncircumcised hearts (Jeremiah 4:4), Stephen used a Scriptural image to show them how they were rejecting the fulfillment of prophecy. Stiffnecked (Nehemiah 9:16); How does the Spirit circumcise a heart? (Romans 2:28-29) and What does it mean to circumcise your hearts? (Jeremiah 4:4). v51-53, Why wasn’t Stephen more diplomatic? Perhaps he could have been. But in view of his accusers’ prejudice, it’s doubtful the outcome would have been any different. Stephen probably felt his message was too important and too urgent to be sugar-coated. *He was led by the Holy Spirit. v54, Why did they gnash their teeth? Gnashing one’s teeth (that is, grinding them together) was an expression of deep inner distress in that culture. Stephen used the Scriptures to make harsh accusations against Israel. v57-59, Why could they stone Stephen but not execute Jesus? The Sanhedrin Council (A legislative body of 71 members and headed by the high priest) handed Jesus over to Pilate for judgment because of the type of accusations they brought against Him (John 18:31-35)). The charge against Jesus was insurrection against Rome –a political crime that called for crucifixion, the Roman method of execution. Stephen was charged with insurrection against Moses, a religious crime. v48, Was Saul one of Stephen’s killers? Luke introduces Saul as a conspirator in the death of Stephen, though not an active murderer. Saul stood on the sidelines, holding the garments of Stephen’s accusers. v60, Why should God forgive those who don’t repent? No one is forgiven against his or her own will. But Stephen was following Christ’s example. Praise God.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – V54-60, Nothing is so comfortable to dying saints, or so encouraging to suffering saints, as to see Jesus at the right hand of God: blessed be God, by faith we may see Him there. Stephen offered up two short prayers in his dying moments. Our Lord Jesus is God, to whom we are to seek, and in whom we are to trust and comfort ourselves, living and dying. And if this has been our care while we live, it will be our comfort when we die. Amen.

More to come and God Bless You.

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