October 9th

Acts 7-8

  • 7:30-38 – Stephen continues to recount Moses’ journey and experience.
  • 7:39-50 – Stephen continues to describe times when the Israelites’ ancestors interacted with God. He highlights their unfaithfulness at times.
  • 7:51-53 – Stephen is addressing a Jewish audience, which is why he speaks of their fathers not listening to the prophets. Saying they have uncircumcised hearts and ears would directly accuse them of not being God’s people. Circumcision was part of their culture and identity as Jews.
  • 7:58 – This is the same Saul who becomes Paul. The Jews laying their garments at Saul’s feet shows that he was heavily involved in Stephen’s death.
  • 7:60 – Stephen was the first martyr for Christ.
  • 8:1 – The early Christians were scattered around 70 A.D. when the temple was destroyed.
  • 8:3 – Saul was a terrifying persecutor of Christians. He was a devout Jew.
  • 8:14-17 – It seems odd that the Samarians received Christ and chose to be baptized but weren’t able to have the Holy Spirit until the apostles came.
  • 8:26-38 – Philip was led into a clear evangelism opportunity by listening to the Spirit. We often wonder if we are supposed to share our faith or not in certain situations, but if we trust the Spirit to guide us, it will become clear.

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