Bible study on Acts of the Apostles – Chapter 7
Dear brothers and sisters,
In the Bible study on the 7th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles I will discuss:
- Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin
- The stoning of Stephen
Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin
After we read in chapter 6 that Stephen was accused by the priests, we now see the high priest asking Stephen if the accusations were true. When he was given the word, he started telling the whole history from Abraham until Solomon and all that happened. And it was not until Solomon that man made a home for God, but he put it very clearly that God does not life in a house that people built. Why not? Because heaven is His throne and the earth His footstool. What kind of house would we built for Him? Stephen reminds them that they (and we also) are stiff-necked people and that their hearts and ears are still uncircumcised (unchanged). He tells them that they are just like their ancestors: they always resist the Holy Spirit! People, never resist the Holy Spirit! Make sure that you grow in your faith to see when the Holy Spirit is working.
Stephen reminds us that our ancestors killed all His prophets. They even killed the ones that predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now they betrayed and murdered Him. Stephen reminds them that they received the Law, but did not obey it. Stephen shows that even in the eye of persecution we should never leave God and do His work even it could threaten our life. Therefore it is important that we continuously walk with the Holy Spirit so that He can guide and protect us the whole way.
The stoning of Stephen
Instead of repenting, they got furious. This is the result if our heart isn’t really with God, but with this world. If someone, sent by God, will confront us with this truth, than it is very likely that we will be enraged instead of humble and repentant. And even when He was dragged out and stoned to death, He was full of the Spirit the whole time, so while being stoned He could still show love and asked God to not hold this sin against them. During this witnesses laid their coats at the feet of Saul.