Later generations benefit from earlier generations

Acts Bible Background

06.24.2018 – New Testament: Acts 7.14–16

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 7.1–19 on June 24, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

Stephen spoke before the Jewish Council, defending what he had been teaching. When the Council gave him permission to speak, he reminded them of their history, including the time that Israel spent in Egypt:

“Then Joseph sent and called his father Jacob and all his relatives to him, seventy-five people. So Jacob went down to Egypt; and he died, he and our fathers. And they were carried back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that Abraham bought for a sum of money from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem” (Acts 7.14–16).

Although Israel spent a great deal of time in Egypt, and although at least Joseph and Jacob were buried in the Land of Canaan, they did not possess it, but later generations finally inherited the land.

Earlier generations of Israel endured great suffering that later generations might call a land their own, just as it often happens with other groups of people and nations.

Questions:

  • Are you familiar with the history of your nation?
  • Are you familiar with church history?

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