Today’s passage covers half of Stephen’s response to the high priest. He has been charged with saying things against the temple and the law. His response is an attempt to show them that they are really the ones rebelling against God because they rejected the Messiah. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get to finish his sermon…
Stephen’s sermon is a recitation of important events in Jewish history. This section covers Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses. It shows how the Jewish people were called by God, promised an inheritance, given a covenant, and ultimately protected by Him. The sermon is filled with Old Testament allusions and quotes, with the quotes in this section coming from Genesis 12:1, 15:13-14, Exodus 1:8, and 2:14.
Stephen shows us the importance of knowing the Word of God. The Word shows us how God has worked in the past. The Word reminds us of His promises and His plans. The Word gives us guidance for how to live. The Word gives us hope for the future. Many want to ignore the Old Testament, but they do so at their own peril. The Old Testament sets the stage for everything in the New, and much of what we read in the New actually comes from the Old!
For worship: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpwZD8yOAss