Who's Really on Trial Here?

Acts 7:51-56 ~ Who’s Really on Trial Here?

This week we got back to where we had left off with the “peroratio” (i.e., conclusion) of Stephen’s speech in Acts 7. It’s at this point the reason for his rehashing the history of Israel becomes crystal clear: Stephen has been building a case not merely to proclaim his innocence, but also to prove the guilt of those who crucified Jesus! 

With great passion, Stephen flips the trial on its head when he leverages striking, specific, and harsh indictments against his audience using phrases such as “stiff-necked” and “uncircumcised in heart and ears” and “always refusing the Holy Spirit.” 

The response of the hearers was visceral resulting in gnashing of teeth. When he shared his vision, they refused to listen any longer and took the law into their own hands. (More on this next week!)

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Acts 7:51-56 ~ Who’s Really on Trial Here?

Stephen concludes his “defense” speech in front of the Sanhedrin

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Whiteboard ~ Stephen’s Dichotomy:Stephen's Dichotomy

 

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* Please note: Links to these articles do not equate to endorsement of the author’s theology or point of view. These links are provided as supplemental resources and should be read in conjunction with the Scripture as well as published commentaries on Acts. 

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Laura Zielke (ZELL-key) is a deep thinker and Bible scholar. She is not afraid to question tradition and challenges people to evaluate their beliefs according to the Scriptures. Laura earned her M-Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Biblical Studies, Archaeology, and Languages. She has been blessed to serve as a lay leader in local churches for more than thirty years. Having been recognized as an outstanding leader, teacher, and entrepreneur, Laura serves as the Community Manager for the Nonprofit Leadership Lab (an organization dedicated to helping nonprofit leaders worldwide accomplish their mission). She and her husband of 21 years have one son who is in the 10th grade and homeschooled. Laura is an INTJ on the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator, and enjoys helping people discover more about themselves, the Lord, and their purpose in life. Connect with her on social media: @thezwomann (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest).

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