Acts 7:54-60

The Stoning of Stephen

54 When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.

59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.

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12 comments

  1. The initial response reminds me of what it is like when those of us with dark truths, hear THE truth. Call it a demon. Call it our own sin. Call it our own self will. Any and all of those things don’t want to change. And the one who brings the truth, speaks the truth, stands bold enough to keep standing in truth, THAT person gets the attack.

    It was Christ. And here it is Stephen.

  2. Full of the Holy Spirit he looked into the heavens and saw the glory of God- I keep tearing up when I read 55-56. In the middle of a horrible , scary situation- that overwhelming peace. Those are the most precious moments, I have only had a tiny taste of feeling His overwhelming peace in the storm and I will never forget the feeling. As they took me in for my big Cancer Surgery I was completely enveloped in His Love and peace.
    Other times I’m a scared , anxious mess but when really facing my mortality He gave me an overwhelming peace.

    I also loved this in the commentary-
    Our character is not made in the fire but revealed and grown in it.

    i. “The fires…in the olden days never made martyrs; they revealed them. No hurricane of persecution ever creates martyrs; it reveals them. Stephen was a martyr before they stoned him. He was the first martyr to seal his testimony with his blood.” (Morgan)

    1. i. “The fires…in the olden days never made martyrs; they revealed them.

      Yes! what a great explanation.

    2. Beautiful Testimony of GOD’S presence when You needed HIM the most!!! Good to see You mybiggerc. ❌🔴❌🔴❌🔴

  3. In the section on ‘Christ standing’ the speculation is perhaps standing with Steven, standing to plead his case before God the Father, or giving him a standing ovation- reminded me of all of us ‘standing with Ron Ohst’ as he recovers from his stroke…

    Jesus’ warning:
    i. It is a dangerous thing to be religious apart from a real relationship with Jesus Christ. This fulfills what Jesus warned about in John 16:2-3: Yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.

    The last sentence of the commentary:
    ii. Stephen wasn’t a superman, but he was a man filled through all his being with the Holy Spirit. Many have little idea of how greatly they can be used of God as they walk in the power of the Holy Spirit.

    Somewhere it said ‘filled in every fibre of his being with the Holy Spirit.’ Totally surrendered to Him,
    A true hero of the faith, he showed the Apostles and Paul the way they would follow Jesus too, he was one they picked to wait on tables…BUT GOD

  4. Paula Perfect description using how we all stand with Ron Praying for him and his family( which is our own family) to make a full recovery!!
    That last paragraph that you copied reminded me about the impact of the story of the life of Corrie Ten Boom!! We were one month old baby Christian’s and the same friend that had invited us to Church to begin with, invited us to see the movie “The Hiding Place!” the story of Corrie and her family, Papa and Betsy and all the people that put their lives on the line to serve the Lord by hiding Jews in their home to save them from Hitler’s army!!! I have never cry so hard or so deep as I realized how deep the love and commit to serve the Lord went!!! I remember falling more deeply in love and commit to my service for Jesus that day!!! 42 years later as I read this testimony about Stephen see how JESUS opened the heavens to support this brave young man as he is put to death for his faith in JESUS!! I trust that if the Lord ever called me to be a martyr HE would give me the strength through HIS HOLY SPIRIT!! I never ever want to let HIM down!!

  5. Hello Ladies that I love!! I have to tell you a story!! When I was reading the commentary and it said they came a Stephen with such force, it was the same word as when the swine fill with the demons ran with force into the sea and drowned!!!
    Last May, the first time we all travelled to Michigan to see Lloyd’s Mom, all of Lloyd’s family lives back there on big farms!! We were parked in the little travel trailer in the girl cousins yard!! Right past there in a huge barn and their pastures that hold I think they said about 100 large cows and bulls and calfs!! The momma cows are in one yard with the calfs! Next to them are the big bulls!! Then closer to where we were parked, just behind the big barn is a area that holds any misfits!! The only thing keeping everyone in their own yards are these big tree posts with an electrical wire that gives them a zap of they touch it!! So every thing and everybody live in harmony in their own area!!
    Well Lloyd’s boy cousin, big brother to the girl cousin flies hot air balloons!! So he set it all up in the girl cousin field across the road to set up and take off in the balloon so Lloyd and his brother. Both from California, would have this once in a life experience flying in a Hot air balloon!! I have a ton of pictures of everyone working together to launch the ballon!! I also have pictures of all the cow lined up intently watching all the commotion going on!! Finally everything in a go the boy cousin and Lloyd and his brother are inside the balloon and the cousin pulls the rope the makes the fire blast out to fill the balloon with hot air, then the cousin flies this big extremely loud thing right over the top of these huge cattle!! In one motion these huge beast are climbing over top of each other, then through the electric fence like it was a string, broke all the big post down!! It was a full blow stampede!! The electric fence breaks so it was no longer working!! The husband was ballistic!!! I looked around just in time to see it all happened!! The damage was done!! Such a huge mess!! They were chasing cows back in the yard for days!! Until they could repair to electric fence!! One day everyone was at work and Lloyd and I are at the farm alone, when 2 different neighbors came driving into the farm to tell us the cows were out!! Lloyd had helped a couple of time to help get the cows back in with his cousins!! They have this high powered golf cart (really a much more powerful machine then that, but, I hope you get the picture!!) So Lloyd puts me at the gate next to the barn where the misfits live!! The gate was opened so it was my job to make sure this one huge beast stays were he is so that Lloyd can take the cart and chase the 2 run aways back into the fenced yard!! These guys are crafty always watching for a way to get out!! So I am standing in the opened gate, staring down this huge beast that could turn me into a ink spot, I am looking him in the eye telling him, he better not move!! He took a couple of steps in my direction, and I am jumping up and down screaming at him that he better not even think about it!! I am hitting the metal gate with my cane and screaming my head off!! I don’t know how, it is only GOD’S Grace and mercy but the cow stay put!!! When Lloyd came back and closed the gate I was pretty excited!!! But when the commentary talked about the force that they moved in, I pictured those big bulls climbing over each other to escape from the noisy hot air ballon!! In the Bible it was 2,000 pigs!! That is a lot of power!! Can You even imagine what Stephen faced!!
    The power of the HOLY SPIRIT was on him!! Such a testament of GOD’s Grace!! I hope that Stephen did just fall asleep!! That the LORD had mercy and it was over quickly for him!!!
    I have invited a new Precious Girl to join us, that has really Blessed our lives in the short time that we have known her!! She has the sweetest spirit and is very sensitive to the Lord!!
    I Love You Ladies very much!! God Bless You and I Pray You all are getting peaceful rest!! Nighty Night!!!

    1. Another perfect story from you Bonnie! It is so easy to see what you are describing and it’s so applicable to our study. I may have gone right over the force of what was done to him.

      We are gonna get a book out of you soon.
      I will help you do it.
      So glad we get to enjoy them here!

    1. Me too Paula!! Me too!! This is my safe place in this world and I am so grateful to the Lord for Blessing us with it and Each other!! God Bless You Precious Friend!!!

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