Saturday, June 25, 2005

Acts 7:30-43

Stephen's bold, impassioned speech continues, echoing the assertion previously made by Peter in Acts 3:23, that Jesus is indeed the Messianic fulfillment of the promise that God made to Moses in Deuteronomy 18:18 to "raise up for them a prophet like you." Point upon point Stephen makes his argument that Moses was ruler and deliverer, and was used powerfully by God to set his chosen people free, and yet...

"This was the man who received words, living words, which were to be given to you; and this was the man to whom our forefathers turned a deaf ear!" (7:38-39, Phillips trans.)

They then took it far beyond that, those in the wilderness of Sinai as well as the contemporaries of the prophet Amos whom Stephen quotes here, manufacturing and worshipping idols, with the consequence of separating themselves utterly and eternally from God.

These words come to us today, and they are still living words, and still carry the power of life and the power to deliver us from slavery. Are we listening?

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