Acts: Week 2 Day 3
Pray and read
Praise God for making himself known to us by his Son. Ask him to give you eyes that see, and a heart which responds with faith and thanksgiving.
What does Stephen appeal to during his speech before the Sanhedrin?
Where in the bible does Stephen start and where does he finish?
What does Stephen accuse his listeners of in v52?
How does the Sanhedrin react?
The tragedy of Israel’s history is laid out before the Sanhedrin. God’s promises stand in stark contrast to Israel’s infidelity. This culminates in both the Jews and the gentiles not recognising God’s ultimate promise in his son Jesus.
In this passage Paul points out that God will give us the desires of our heart, even if it’s not him. Paul describes it as being ‘handed over’. In order to help us find a way out this mess, Jesus handed himself over to our sinful desires and passions and allowed himself to be the righteous sacrifice for our sins.
Can you see areas of your life where you still reject God? Do you reject the promises of God to follow your own desires?
Stephen used scripture to remind the Sanhedrin of who is and what he’s done for them. How do you remind yourself? How do you keep God as the desire of your heart?
Thank God for sending Jesus, who willingly went to the cross
Ask God to help you see him as the ultimate in life
Ask God to illuminate his word as you read so that you’ll be reminded of who he is and what he’s done for you.