11 comments on “Stephen Makes a Statement and the Sanhedrin Goes Berserk

  1. 12 “But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake. 13 It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony. 14 So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves; 15 for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute. (Luke 21:12-15)

    Yes, God is still true to His word.

    Blessings,

    Steve

  2. Another prediction of Jesus that the Jewish leaders would do this,

    ” … 31 So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Go ahead, then, and complete what your ancestors started!” (Matthew 23:31-32)

    first to Himself, then to his church.

  3. It is funny. I have read that section more than once, but I get so wrapped up in other aspects of it, I never gave much thought to the fact that Stephen gave that speech to the Sanhedrin. Thanks for giving me another way to look at it. Jesus did not have much to say to them, but Stephen sure gave them an earful.

  4. “Now Stephen (a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit), a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people.” The Jewish leaders were berserk because Jesus’s identity was being proven in front of their eyes. They killed Stephen to stop him from doing that – but you can’t kill the Holy Spirit! The same thing is happening today around the world.

  5. Another comparison catches my notice:

    Acts 2:37 (NASB)
    37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?”
    Acts 7:54 (NASB)
    54 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the quick, and they began gnashing their teeth at him.

    When the truth really grabs us, how do we respond? Do we accept the truth and go with it, or refuse it and fight against it.

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