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Acts 7

July 30, 2011

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

12 thoughts on “Acts 7”

  1. This chapter is interesting in that we get to hear Israel's history from a Jewish Christian's point of view.

  2. This chapter is interesting in that we get to hear Israel's history from a Jewish Christian's point of view.

  3. v.9 But God was with him( Joseph) and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharoah king of Egypt.

    God was with Joseph; God rescued Joseph; God gave Joseph wisdom; God enabled to Joseph to gain good will.

    God had a plan for Joseph. God has a plan for us.

  4. v.9 But God was with him( Joseph) and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharoah king of Egypt.

    God was with Joseph; God rescued Joseph; God gave Joseph wisdom; God enabled to Joseph to gain good will.

    God had a plan for Joseph. God has a plan for us.

  5. v.57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him.

    And this is spite of John 18:31"Take him (Jesus) yourselves and judge him by your own law." "But we have no right to execute anyone," they (Jewish leaders)objected.

    Interesting how people uphold or ignore the rules to suit themselves.

  6. v.57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him.

    And this is spite of John 18:31"Take him (Jesus) yourselves and judge him by your own law." "But we have no right to execute anyone," they (Jewish leaders)objected.

    Interesting how people uphold or ignore the rules to suit themselves.

  7. v.52 Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him

    Peter said something similar to the crowd in Acts 2 and they were "cut to the heart" (2:37). But here the Sanhedrin "were furious and gnashed their teeth at him" (v.54).

    Same message different response. It all depends on the state of your heart.

  8. v.52 Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him

    Peter said something similar to the crowd in Acts 2 and they were "cut to the heart" (2:37). But here the Sanhedrin "were furious and gnashed their teeth at him" (v.54).

    Same message different response. It all depends on the state of your heart.

  9. In Stephen's speech he mentions Joseph and Moses whose lives reflected much of what also happened to Jesus. Stephen was seeking to point out parallels between these men and Jesus.

    He also speaks about the land, the law and the temple. All very important concepts for the Jews. The Jews had concluded that these things completed God's revelation to them but God had so much more.

  10. In Stephen's speech he mentions Joseph and Moses whose lives reflected much of what also happened to Jesus. Stephen was seeking to point out parallels between these men and Jesus.

    He also speaks about the land, the law and the temple. All very important concepts for the Jews. The Jews had concluded that these things completed God's revelation to them but God had so much more.

  11. (From Constable’s Commentary) “The first section (vv. 2-16) deals with Israel's patriarchal period and refutes the charge of blaspheming God (6:11). The second major section (vv. 17-43) deals with Moses and the Law and responds to the charge of blaspheming Moses (6:11) and speaking against the Law (6:13). The third section (vv. 44-50) deals with the temple and responds to the charge of speaking against the temple (6:13) and saying that Jesus would destroy the temple and alter Jewish customs (6:14). Stephen then climaxed his address with an indictment of his hard-hearted hearers (vv. 51-53).

  12. (From Constable’s Commentary) “The first section (vv. 2-16) deals with Israel's patriarchal period and refutes the charge of blaspheming God (6:11). The second major section (vv. 17-43) deals with Moses and the Law and responds to the charge of blaspheming Moses (6:11) and speaking against the Law (6:13). The third section (vv. 44-50) deals with the temple and responds to the charge of speaking against the temple (6:13) and saying that Jesus would destroy the temple and alter Jewish customs (6:14). Stephen then climaxed his address with an indictment of his hard-hearted hearers (vv. 51-53).

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