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God's Long-Term Planning

Acts 7:6-8

Stephen was on trial for his life (Acts 6:12). But he was not concerned to defend himself; instead he wanted to explain who Jesus is - His arrival on earth was the apex of God's salvation plan.

God's Power Is Greater Than Evil

Acts 7:9-10

Stephen was giving the 'speech of his life' at his trial, accused of blasphemy. It was because Stephen spoke positively about Jesus that false witnesses invented evidence to support the charge (Acts 6:11-7:1).

God's Ways Are Higher Than Ours

Acts 7:11-16

At Stephen's trial, he made no attempt to defend himself against false witnesses (Acts 6:12-7:53). His accusers were locked into their own little ideas about their own religious power-base. They could not see the truth of Isaiah 55:8-9, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord.

God's Strategic Promise-Fulfillment

Acts 7:17-22

Stephen did not need to defend himself at his trial. His job was to proclaim that God always keeps His Word. The Sanhedrin court claimed to believe in God's promises, so Stephen reminded them of the way in which God fulfilled His promise in their national history - preparing them to hear that Jesus was God's promised 'Righteous One', even though they had rejected Him (

Troublesome Zeal

Acts 7:23-29

Moses was the awed hero of Israel. The religious accusers at Stephen's trial considered Moses as God's holy law-giver: he could do no wrong. Stephen was charged with 'changing the customs Moses handed down' (Acts 6:14).

After A Long Time, God Intervened

Acts 7:30-34

Somebody said that, "The main lesson of history is that we do not learn the lessons of history!" Stephen, on trial for blasphemy against Moses and God (Acts 6:11), reminded his accusers of Moses' personal history – born under foreign rule, saved from infanticide, educated as a prince in Egypt, murdered an Egyptia

Rejected By Hypocrites

Acts 7:35-38

Part of Stephen's trial was focussed on how he had spoken against Moses (Acts 6:11-14), so Stephen used the Bible's account to show that Moses was no more welcome than Jesus.

Rejection Leads to Rejection

Acrs 7:39-43

In these verses, Stephen, who was accused of blaspheming against Moses, quickly walked his accusers through almost 1000 years of Israel's history of rejecting God's Word and His servants. Stephen began with Moses whose authority was challenged many times in the wilderness journey, starting with the exodus experience in leaving slavery (

Where Does God Live?

Acts 7:44-50

In an attempt to stop Stephen speaking about Jesus, he had been accused of supporting Jesus in wanting the temple to be destroyed.

Time To Tell The Truth

Acts 7:51-53

Stephen was on trial for his life (Acts 7:1-53), but he was more concerned about the reputation of Jesus and the eternal lives of his accusers. The Council of the Sanhedrin had previously sentenced Jesus to death, and had also warned Peter and John to stop talking about Jesus. They now sat in judgement over Stephen, but he knew that Jesus would sit in judgement over them.

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