Stephen was one of many seven males tasked to look after the Gentile widows. His ministry, nevertheless, provoked antagonism. A sect of jealous enemies falsely accused him of blasphemy. They marched him to the council of the Sanhedrin and demanded that he defend himself…and did he ever!
He triggered a stir earlier than he even opened his mouth. “Everybody within the excessive council stared at Stephen, as a result of his face turned as brilliant as an angel’s” (Acts 6:15 NLT). Did heaven bathe him in a tunnel of brightness? I don’t know tips on how to think about the scene. However I understand how to interpret it. That was God talking.
The sermon emerges, not from Stephen’s thoughts, however from God’s coronary heart. It was not a light-weight message. Fifty-two verses led the listeners from Abraham to Jesus. Two thousand years of Hebrew historical past resulted in a single indictment– “You’re forgetting who holds you.”