SUMMARY: Repeating history
OVERVIEW: Stephen defends himself before the religious leaders and reviews Israel’s history with the crowd. He describes Israel’s history and how they have historically ignored the prophets’ instructions.
Be wise and follow Jesus; be teachable and learn from others.
KEY VERSE: Acts 7:51 (Stephen to the crowd)
You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you!
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Do not ignore the truth. Where there is truth, there is freedom. Be honest with yourself, be honest with others, and be honest with me. You can only disregard what you know is right for so long. Eventually, you will have to embrace the truth, so why wait? Do it now before the damage of denial consumes you. Don’t hesitate, wondering if now is the time—I always welcome you.
What have you learned from the past? Don’t ignore it. I’ve given you my words of instruction; I’ve given you history; I’ve given you wise leaders and friends, and I’ve given you my Holy Spirit. Take the tools I provide and use them when tempted to resist me. Lean on the truth to help you break sinful patterns. Remember the times I’ve called you back when you turned away. Dare to follow me completely today. Step out of the rut you find yourself. Don’t follow your gut or advice from the masses. Follow me.
Take a moment to remember an important lesson God taught you, either through a circumstance, a person, the scriptures, or a mistake. Thank God for the truth he reveals.