06.25.2015 New Testament: Acts 7.37–41
To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 7.20–43 on June 25, In the year of our Lord 2015
By Don Ruhl
The Jewish leaders in the first century believed that they would not have rejected Moses had they lived in his generation, yet, they had just rejected Jesus, of whom Moses had prophesied would come into the world and be like Moses. Therefore, Stephen said to the Jewish leaders,
“This is that Moses who said to the children of Israel, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear.’ This is he who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the Angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers, the one who received the living oracles to give to us, whom our fathers would not obey, but rejected. And in their hearts they turned back to Egypt, saying to Aaron, ‘Make us gods to go before us; as for this Moses who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ And they made a calf in those days, offered sacrifices to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands” (Acts 7.37–41).
Had you lived in the generation of Moses, would you have accepted or rejected him? Had you lived in the first century, would you have accepted or rejected Jesus? Had you lived in the days after Jesus died, would you have accepted or rejected Stephen? How do you treat messengers of God’s word today?