Anger & Forgiveness.
Acts 7:17-60 "But as the time of the promise drew near, which God had granted to Abraham, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt...
think about it.
History is central to Stephen's sermon (7:17-53); what does he say about God's relationship with Israel? About Israel's treatment of God? What did this message lead to (7:54-60)? How did Stephen face his death? How does his testimony encourage you?
Extreme anger and incredible forgiveness are the two things that stood out to me from Acts 7:17-60. Stephen has been seized and brought before the Jewish council. For his defense, he tells the history of the Jewish people beginning with Abraham. Things go fine until Stephen gets to Jesus and boldly states "Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it" (vs. 52-53). These words absolutely infuriate the Jewish leaders and the end result is Stephen is killed. As he is being stoned his last words are "Lord, do not hold this sin against them" (vs. 60).
So what did you learn from Stephen's example? What do the Jewish leaders show us about unchecked anger? Any other take aways from this passage? Tami W.
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