Summary of Acts 6:8-15:
Stephen who was full of God’s grace and power did great miracles. Opposition arose (as always) from different Jewish sects but none of them could outwit Stephen. So they told a lie about him to have him seized. They produced false witnesses against Stephen, accusing Stephen of blasphemy against Moses, God, and Jesus.
Stephen’s face was like the face of an angel.
BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 5, Day 2: Acts 6:8-15
3) Stephen who was full of God’s grace and power did great miracles.
4) They said that Stephen was saying that Jesus would destroy the temple and change the customs of Moses. Jesus had been speaking metaphorically about his body being a temple and that he would rise again in John. But the leaders twisted it to mean the actual building itself and claimed Stephen was saying this.
5) Part personal question. My answer: Opposition is everywhere, and they will say and do anything to take you down. Believers have God’s word to turn to know the truth and to not twist the truth. Believers can also pray in the midst of an angry crowd for His will to be done and not get swept up in crowd mentality.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 5, Day 2: Acts 6:8-15
Seems like there is so much more here that BSF is missing. Questions on Stehen himself would have been cool.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 5, Day 2: Acts 6:8-15
We first meet Stephen in Acts as one of the seven deacons appointed by the apostles to distribute food and aid to the poor. Here he is again being falsely accused of blasphemy. Great info HERE and HERE
God used Stephen because he was full of faith and power. God can use us too if we are full of faith and power.
Stephen went up against the best Biblical minds of the time and prevailed because the Holy Spirit was with him, and not the other men. The opposing Jews thus resorted to dirty tricks, twisting of words, and downright lies to outwit Stephen.
Bible Scholars speculate that here we have the first inklings of Paul seen in the book of Acts. Cilicia is where Saul/Paul was from. He may have actually been the one to tell Luke this story, which he recorded here for us all.
Beware Mob Mentality
Popular opinion can be easily shaped. The same crowds that praised Jesus (Luke 19:35-40) soon called for His crucifixion (Luke 23:18-23). The crowds that loved the apostles (Acts 2:47, 5:26) cry out against Stephen. God’s eternal Word is where our opinions must rest, not our own and definitely not others who intend maliciousness.
Many of the same false accusations were leveled against Jesus (Matthew 26:59-61) that were brought against Stephen.
- Jesus was greater than Moses (blasphemous words against Moses).
- Jesus was God (blasphemous words againsT God).
- Jesus was greater than the temple (blasphemous words against this holy place).
- Jesus was the fulfillment of the law (blasphemous words against the law).
- Jesus was greater than their religious customs and traditions (Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change customs).
Great Background on Cilicia HERE
Stephen’s face reflected the perfect peace and confidence of one that knows and trusts his God. His face had the same reflected glory that Moses had as he beheld God intimately. (Exodus 34:29).
When you have the face of an angel, you are at peace. Stephen was at perfect peace. His face was not filled with fear or terror because he knew his life was in God’s hands and that Jesus never forsakes His people.