Text: Acts: 7:1-60.
In the previous chapter we read that Stephen is a powerful preacher of the Gospel (vv.1-5), and his enemies cannot stand against him. So, the Jewish leaders have him accused falsely. In his defense, Stephen recites the history of Israel to prove that the Jews themselves are the blasphemers. God’s chosen leaders were always opposed by God’s people: Joseph by his brothers; Moses by the people of Israel; lastly the Christ was murdered by them. Stephen will be the first of Christ’s disciples to be murdered. We could add to that list: Cain and Abel, Esau and Jacob, Judas and Jesus, etc. Two quick lessons we can take from this: 1- by God’s design there will always be opposition within the Church. It is meant for our improvement (1 Cor.11:19). 2- Let’s be careful that we are not the cause of opposition, that we will not love the Church benefits more than we will love Christ and His people. Stay close to the Word of God and let it be your guide in all things.
Meditate on verse 55. What is God teaching you in this verse?
My heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, in the midst of false accusations, let me see Your power and glory. Amen.