Acts 7:1-8 Stephen’s Address: The Call of Abraham

Steven’s mission in Jerusalem encompassed both the management food distribution to the poor as well as preaching the truth about the resurrected Christ. As part of God’s perfect plan, the disciple’s preaching led him to stand before the Sanhedrin, accused of blasphemy by the Jewish high court.

“1 Then the high priest said, “Are these things so?” 2 And he said, “Brethren and fathers, listen: The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran, 3 and said to him, ‘Get out of your country and from your relatives, and come to a land that I will show you.” (Acts 7:1-3)

Steven’s accusers claimed he had spoken blasphemous words against this holy place and the law. The high priest asked the disciple if this was factual. Steven’s response was not surprisingly an exhortation and recapitulation of the holy word, in tune with Jewish history.

“4 Then he came out of the land of the Chaldeans and dwelt in Haran. And from there, when his father was dead, He moved him to this land in which you now dwell.” (Acts 7:4)

Abraham answered God’s calling by leaving Ur, his childhood land located between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers to dwell in Haran for five years, then after his father’s death, he eventually settled in Canaan.

“5 And God gave him no inheritance in it, not even enough to set his foot on. But even when Abraham had no child, He promised to give it to him for a possession, and to his descendants after him.” (Acts 7:5)

Though he was uprooted from his home land, by faith Abraham followed his calling and trusted in God’s promise that one day, his inheritance and that of his descendants would be beyond measure.

“6 But God spoke in this way: that his descendants would dwell in a foreign land, and that they would bring them into bondage and oppress them four hundred years.” (Acts 7:6)

Stephen’s recapitulation matches scripture, in that Abraham’s seed would, for a time dwell in Egypt, then after the Exodus return to the promise land to settle as God’s children. From the time Isaac, Abraham’s son was born to the Exodus was indeed 400 years.

“7 And the nation to whom they will be in bondage I will judge,’ said God, ‘and after that they shall come out and serve Me in this place. 8 Then He gave him the covenant of circumcision; and so Abraham begot Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot the twelve patriarchs.” (Acts 7:7-8)

God’s judgment of Egypt was recorded in scripture, which Stephen mentioned, then he continued his exhortation with Abraham’s lineage and circumcision, a covenant between Jewish men and the heavenly Father demonstrating the genuineness of their faith. Since Jesus was resurrected, the only covenant required of Christians is faith. Let’s pray!

Weekly Prayer

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant Luke,
We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful apostle.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com

Posted in Bible Studies.

294 Comments

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  2. When God makes a promise He will never break it. Let’s trust God more than anyone else. Great website! Praise be to God.

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  4. Can you imagine what is had to be like to have a son at age 100 then be asked by God to sacrifice him? Abraham has some kind of faith, the kind that saves! I don’t know anyone that has that kind of faith today…

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  14. Nice! Stephen should should have been respected and should have been followed His works not to be questioned for God is with him.

  15. The happiness of the creature consists in rejoicing in God, by which also God is magnified and exalted. Nice blog!

  16. With Christ, we have access in a one-to-one relationship, and through this relationship Stephen was blessed with our God’s wisdom.

  17. A little lifting of the heart suffices; a little remembrance of God, one act of inward worship are prayers which, however short, are nevertheless acceptable to God.

  18. A “God” whose will is resisted, whose designs are frustrated, whose purpose is checkmated, possesses no title to Deity, and so far from being a fit object of worship, merits nought but contempt. May this website awaken the hearts and minds of all people in earth. Great website you have!

  19. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord; and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever!

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  21. I believe that in public worship we should do well to be bound by no human rules, and constrained by no stereotyped order.

  22. Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours. I’ll be sticking around, I love your blogs!

  23. People complain about the bad things that happen to em that they don’t deserve but they seldom mention the good. About what they done to deserve them things. May these website open the eyes of the other people.

  24. We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.
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  25. It takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now

  26. Praise the Lord, because He is good, and His mercies endure forever! You have a wonderful website full of God’s lesson.

  27. Even with all the science and technology, I still thank the mysterious! Glory to our God! what a great website you have.

  28. Joy is thankfulness, and when we are joyful, that is the best expression of thanks we can offer the Lord. For sure Stephen was smiling :)

  29. We are a murmuring, discontented, unhappy, ungrateful people. And because we think we want salvation from our discontents.

  30. God gave us minds to think with and hearts to thank with. Instead we use our hearts to think about the world as we would like it to have been, and we use our minds to come up with rationalizations for our ingratitude.
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  31. The best and most beautiful things in this world
    cannot be seen or even heard,
    but must be felt with the heart.

  32. “If you believe in a God who controls the big things, you have to believe in a God who controls the little things. It is we, of course, to whom things look “little” or “big.”

  33. When we lift our hands in praise and worship, we break spiritual jars of perfume over Jesus. Great website! keep it up..

  34. Every mankind has its own calling, its just a matter of how they response and how they act upon God’s calling!

  35. It’s always because of God’s love that experienced by abraham to trust God in every area of his lofe!

  36. It’s not because we are able to wait for God to make things work but it’s because God has given us the patience
    to wait upon the Lord!

  37. “Grace doesn’t depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace in many facets and colors.”

    the Shack

  38. No matter what people say,. no matter how many times you get discouraged..as long as God is in you.. you still face the day with courage and faith1!

  39. He is your God, who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen! The others should have acknowledged His servant.

  40. We may not understand how a Holy and great God so kind and loving to the undeserving people,but let us believe that He is God and we can really never comprehend Him!

  41. Beautiful website! Every thing that’s been offered to God is surely be paid. God will surely bless you more Daniel!

  42. It helps to focus on reaching out to those who are in need (in terms of faith) when God is with us!

  43. The God in the night is the same God in the bright day lets praise Him always! This is a great website!

  44. Let the high praises of God be in our mouth! As I continue reading this I think I’m being told by God that I should love Him more than anything.

  45. Now that I’ve read your bible study, I’ll try to praise Him more than ever. Thank you for sharing!

  46. Praise Him, all creatures here below! For He is our only God! I love this website! Gonna back next week for another blogs. Thanks Daniel.

  47. Let us sing; New songs throughout the world shall ring: Christ, by a road before untrod, Now rises to the throne of God.

  48. I praise and thank you Lord for providing great health, healings, protections grace, peace, blessings, provisions, and favor upon me and my family members.

  49. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.

  50. Lord, I praise you because You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the people.

  51. I want to bless you with my praise, Father, because you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.

  52. We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito.

  53. As we remember and notice His love for us, we just begin to fall in love with Him because He is so busy with us.

  54. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.

  55. If I knew what you’d do, exactly when you knew what you’d do, then I’d either be you or I’d be God. And we both know I’m not you.

  56. The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.

  57. For the happy man prayer is only a jumble of words, until the day when sorrow comes to explain to him the sublime language by means of which he speaks to God.

  58. I think you have every right to cherry-pick when it comes to moving your spirit and finding peace in God.

  59. When God is going to do something wonderful, He or She always starts with a hardship; when God is going to do something amazing, He or She starts with an impossibility.

  60. Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely soley upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason.

  61. Even resistance is all part of grand orchestration. The devil always has you right were God wants you.

  62. I will keep the law given by God; sanctioned by man. Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation

  63. The pupil dilates in darkness and in the end finds light, just as the soul dilates in misfortune and in the end finds God.

  64. I thank God for graciously granting me the opportunity of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness.

  65. God your refuge, our hiding place, your stronghold, your shepherd, your counselor, your friend, your redeemer, your savior, our guide.

  66. God will judge us, by what we did to relieve the suffering of our fellow human beings. I don’t think God cares what doctrine we embrace.

  67. If you follow the will of God, you know that in spite of all the terrible things that happen to you, you will never lose a final refuge.

  68. Those who believe that they believe in God, but without passion in their hearts, without anguish in mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, without an element of despair even in their consolation, believe only in the God idea, not God Himself.

  69. It is far more comforting to think God listened and said no, than to think that nobody’s out there.

  70. I’ve learned recently to love imperfection a lot because it shines such a big light on God’s grace.

  71. I do know that waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one’s thoughts. Its easy to talk oneself into a decision that has no permanence – easier sometimes than to wait patiently.

  72. We must transcend the illusion that money or power has any bearing on our worthiness as children of God.

  73. The peace of the celestial city is the perfectly ordered and harmonious enjoyment of God, and of one another in God.

  74. This is how it is with people who love God for the sake of outward wealth or inward comfort. They do not rightly love God, when they love Him for their own advantage.

  75. Some people want to see God with their eyes as they see a cow, and to love Him as they love a cow – for the milk and cheese and profit it brings them.

  76. You do not need to work to become spiritual. You are spiritual; you need only to remember that fact. Spirit is within you. God is within you.

  77. I believe that divine love, incarnate and indwelling in the world, summons the world always toward wholeness, which ultimately is reconciliation and atonement with God.

  78. Lord, you have searched me and you know me. I will spread your word even if the whole world turns against me.

  79. There’s a reason they call God a presence-because God is right here, right now. In the present is the only place to find Him, and now is the only time.

  80. Those who believe they believe in God, but without passion in the heart, without anguish of mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, and even at times without despair, believe only in the idea of God, and not in God himself.

  81. Once you have surrendered yourself, you make yourself receptive. In receiving from God, you are perfected and completed.

  82. In moments of prayer, people tend to pose as a critic and point out percieved flaws in God’s art.

  83. God isn’t about making good things happen to you, or bad things happen to you. He’s all about you making choices–exercising the gift of free will.

  84. Let our voices be heard. I hope they will not be shrill voices, but, I hope we shall speak with such conviction that those to whom we speak shall know of the strength of our feeling and the sincerity of our efforts.

  85. We should put life in our faith. We should give ourselves utterly to God in pure abandonment, in temporal and spiritual matters alike, and find contentment in the doing of His will,whether he takes us through sufferings or consolations.

  86. We should feed our soul with a lofty conception of God and from that derive great joy in being his.

  87. if I could tell you all, you would see how God has done all, and I nothing. I have worked hard, very hard, that is all; and I have never refused God anything.

  88. To believe in God or in a guiding force because someone tells you to is the height of stupidity. We are given senses to receive our information within.

  89. he destiny of your soul is not predicated upon acceptance of a specific dogma that happens to be “correct.” A loving God does not dole out eternal condemnation because one has selected the wrong doctrine or misinterpreted scripture. On the contrary, your endeavor to understand God and the nature of the universe is a testament to your devotion.

  90. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow
    Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  91. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; which means that if the rest of us want to get close to God, we seek them out-not because of what we could possible offer them, as if we’re the spiritual first responders on the scene to save the day, but because we recognize how much they have to teach us about who God really is

  92. Music is, to me, proof of the existence of God. It is so extraordinarily full of magic, and in tough times of my life I can listen to music and it makes such a difference.

  93. God is everything and God is nothing; for the perfection created by man cannot be anything other than nothing.

  94. God, whose love and joy are present everywhere, can’t come to visit you unless you aren’t there.

  95. You don’t have to stop thinking and asking questions to believe in God. If He’d wanted a flock of eight billion sheep, He wouldn’t have given us opposable thumbs, much less free will.

  96. The vast desire and capacity a woman has for intimate relationships tells us of God’s vast desire and capacity for intimate relationships.

  97. God makes each one of us for the time into which we are born. He creates us for a purpose. Our job is to know Him well, discover what He created us to do, and then do it for all we’re worth for the rest of our lives.

  98. I want to encourage you by letting you know that there’s hope for you and your situation whatever you are dealing with. God is intimately involved with every detail of your future and His desire is for you to be an overcomer.

  99. Listen to God with a broken heart. He is not only the doctor who mends it, but also the father who wipes away the tears.

  100. May God also strengthen us to be an example of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path!

  101. Praying for this website’s growth, so more people specially the children who are using the internet would know more about our God. Thank you for this website. God bless!

  102. I can sing of God’s love forever.. even where you are around the globe.. God remains faithful no matter what you do..

  103. May everyone viewing this website can also feel how faithful God is.. wherever you go..God never leaves you!1

  104. No matter what the situation is..no matter what it takes.. when God say a word.. it will definitely come! no doubt..for He is a faithful God..an awesome one..

  105. When God say so..it will do!! no one can compare with God’s love and His promises are made to be true..not to be broken..

  106. I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.This is all for you Lord!

  107. let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! Keep it up! You have a great website! :)

  108. Sometimes we focus so much on what we don’t have that we fail to see, appreciate, and use what we do have! I Love this website..

  109. We all know that all of our talent, and ability comes from him! Without him I’m nothing and I thank him for his great blessing.

  110. As we wake up each morning. Let’s see the beauty of the new day as it brings vision and hope to everybody; let’s thank and praise the lord Almighty for giving us another wonderful opportunity.

  111. Praise opens realms that are Supernatural, and they are also willing to help in every Success effort.

  112. Praise and thanksgiving is the work of heaven and he begins that work here which he will always be doing in heaven. The Jews have a saying — the world subsists by three things: the law, the worship of God and thankfulness.

  113. Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD who minister by night in the house of the LORD. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD

  114. Praise the Lord by visiting and sharing your goods and the Good News of the Gospel with the poor–especially widows and orphans.

  115. But You are holy, Who inhabit the praises of Israel. God inhabits, or lives in, an atmosphere of praise. So, if you desire God to manifest His presence and blessings, create an atmosphere of praise.

  116. Praising God gets our eyes off ourselves and our problems and gets our eyes on God. When you think God is small, then your problems look large. But when you are reminded that God is mighty, then your problem looks very small for Him to fix. Praise releases faith, which causes God to move on your behalf.

  117. You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

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