Acts 7:55-8:4 (NIV)
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.
1 And Saul approved of their killing him. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. 3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.
- What is happening in these verses?
- How do you picture the scene?
- Does it remind you of anything you have ever seen before?
- What kind of emotions are being displayed?
- What about Stephen is threatening to the leaders?
- Can you see God in passage?
- What is God’s role?
- What forms of bondage may Stephen’s killers been a victim of?
- What could they have learned that would have radically changed this scene?
- Have you ever lashed out at someone because they we free from something that you were in bondage too?