Wednesday, June 7
Stephen had an interesting life that was cut way too short. I wonder what would have happened had he lived longer? How many more people could he have reached? I admire the way he knew his Old Testament history. Beginning with Abraham leaving his country, Stephen then recounts stories of Isaac and Joseph and Moses.
In verse 38 of Chapter 7, it tells us of the living words Moses received to pass on to us. These words are still being passed on to this day. Even when people hear the living words, they have a choice of what to do. Back in Moses’ day, these living words were rejected. The people refused to obey and in their hearts turned back to Egypt (7:39). How have you heard the living words and what has your response been? Are you listening to these words or rejecting them?
I respect the courage Stephen had in saying what needed to be said even if it meant angering those who could kill him. Even as he was being stoned, he was full of the Holy Spirit and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. Stephan prayed that the Lord Jesus would receive his spirit and he asked him to not hold this sin against them. This is an example of an extremely dedicated and devoted man of God. How many of us can praise God as Stephan did while being persecuted?
While Godly men buried Stephen, Saul began to destroy and persecute the church. Tomorrow we will hear more about Saul and his stories.