Archive for the ‘Acts’ Category

Stephen on Trial Pt3

Acts 79 “And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him 10 and delivered him out of all his troubles, and gave him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house. Stephen is giving the history lesson! A quick lesson is that […]

Stephen on Trial Pt 2

Acts 7 6 But God spoke in this way: that his descendants would dwell in a foreign land, and that they would bring them into bondage and oppress them four hundred years. 7 ‘And the nation to whom they will be in bondage I will judge,’ said God, ‘and after that they shall come out and serve Me in this place.’ 8 Then He gave him the covenant […]

Stephen on trial.

Acts 7: Then the high priest said, “Are these things so?” 2 And he said, “Brethren and fathers, listen: The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran, 3 and said to him, ‘Get out of your country and from your relatives, and come to a land that I will show you.’ 4 Then he […]

Face of an Angel

Acts 615 And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an angel. From my commentary:His face as the face of an angel: Stephen’s face did not have that mild, soft, angelic look that we see in so many paintings; nor was it a look of stern […]

More Accusations

Acts 6 13 They also set up false witnesses who said, “This man does not cease to speak [c]blasphemous words against this holy place and the law; 14 for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs which Moses delivered to us.”  So here, someone who was selected to serve […]

Popular Opinion

Acts 611 Then they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.” 12 And they stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes; and they came upon him, seized him, and brought him to the council.  So after Stephen beat them down in the debate and they realized his wisdom was unmatched, they […]

Stephen was in the debate club.

Act 69 Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia), disputing with Stephen. 10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke. From my commentary:Stephen debated with Jews from the Synagogue of the Freedmen. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, […]

A dang cook!

Acts 68 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. If you are blessed, and you are serving in the name of the Lord, GREAT things will happen. You can be a cook and still accomplish other things. You can serve in one area and still accomplish other things. The Lord […]

Further the Kingdom

Acts 67 Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith. This is the goal. I wanted to back track so I could re read this. Serving food was secondary to the apostles preaching the Word of God and […]

Two separate things?

Acts 65 And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, 6 whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them. Here is a side note:And the saying pleased the whole multitude: We […]