by Harley Howard

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The Book of Acts Chapter 7 (17 of 44)
Dr. Harley Howard

Stephen, a true man of faith, now displays the courage
of one filled with the Holy Spirit, even in the face
of certain death. He stands before the Sanhedrin
council, the Jewish Supreme Court system, hearing the
lies against him from those who were hired under oath
to lie against Stephen.

1 Then said the high priest, Are these things so?

The high priest want to know of the charges made
against Stephen.

From this point on until verse 53, Stephen gives a
history of how God moved in the affairs of mankind to
accomplish His plan of salvation through Jesus Christ,
the Messiah. Regardless of the evil plans of man
through resistance to God's plan, the Messiah came,
Jesus Christ, to deliver all of mankind, including
Stephen's hearers from their sinfulness. What was
their response? More resistance!

Stephen's entire defense before the religious council
came from scripture.

2 And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken;
The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham,
when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in
3 And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and
from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall
shew thee.
4 Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and
dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was
dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now
5 And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so
much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that he
would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed
after him, when as yet he had no child.

These verses records the obedience of Abraham, the
father of faith and of Israel, and his faith in
obeying God's leading or commandment.

6 And God spake on this wise, That his seed should
sojourn in a strange land; and that they should bring
them into bondage, and entreat them evil four hundred

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