Friday, February 19, 2010

Acts 7: 51-60

51"You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit! 52Was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him— 53you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it."

The Stoning of Stephen

54When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56"Look," he said, "I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God."

57At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.

59While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." 60Then he fell on his knees and cried out, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he fell asleep.

Stephen's final words

Listen carefully to what Stephen is saying
the same words can be applied to each of us today!!!!

You stiffed necked people
You are just like your fathers
You resist the Holy Spirit
You killed God's messenger & rejected His word

Pay attention people and learn from the mistakes of the Jews!!!!
My commentary mentioned these valuable points:
the penalty for blasphemy, speaking irrevently about God, was death by stoning.
The religious leaders who were furious, had Stepphen stoned without a trial. They did not understand that Stephen's words were true, because they were not seeking the truth.
They only wanted support for their own views.

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