THE SIN OF THE TONGUE
Jesse M. Hendley
We want to consider today one of the greatest men of
all times, this glorious man STEPHEN, and we are
learning today about THE SIN OF THE TONGUE.
This man Stephen was a very remarkable man. "And
Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders
and miracles among the people. Then there rose certain
of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of
Libertines and Syrenians and Alexandrians and them of
Cilicia and Asia, DISPUTING WITH STEPHEN. And they
were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by
which he spake. Then they suborned men which said, We
have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses
and against God! And they stirred up the people and
the elders and the scribes and came upon him and
caught him and brought him to the council, and set up
false witnesses which said, This man ceaseth not to
speak blasphemous words against this holy place and
the law. We have heard him say that this Jesus of
Nazareth shall destroy this place and shall change the
customs which Moses delivered us! All that sat in the
council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as
it had been the face of an angel."
As we go into the seventh chapter, we learn that they
finally murder this man Stephen. Here we learn the sin
of the tongue! His accusers said, "We have heard him
Now this man Stephen is one of the greatest men of all
time. Had he lived, he may have been another Apostle.
He was a man of tremendous courage. It would take
courage to stand and face this group, who had murder
in their faces and in their actions.
Stephen was a man of eloquence. We read in chapter
seven his marvelous defense! I challenge you to find
anywhere anything more eloquent than the defense of
this man Stephen! Look at the Apology of Socrates (the
defense of Socrates) or the apology of any other great
men of history, and I dare you to find any man more
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