Stephen continues his defense before the authorities by telling the history of Israel. “But as the time of the promise drew near, which God had granted to Abraham, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt until there arose another king who did not know Joseph. He dealt shrewdly with our race and forced our fathers to expose their infants, so that they would not be kept alive”(Acts 7:17-19). It is notable that as God waited to fulfill one of his promises (the deliverance from Egypt), he quietly fulfilled another (the making of Abraham’s family into a great nation). All of this occurred despite the determined opposition of an evil Pharaoh.
How would God produce a savior when Pharaoh threatens all the male babies? “At this time Moses was born; and he was beautiful in God’s sight. And he was brought up for three months in his father’s house, and when he was exposed, Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son”(Acts 7:20-21). Stephen says that Moses was “beautiful in God’s sight,” which is an interpretation of the Exodus account which says that “he was a fine child”(Ex 2:2). Moses was beautiful because all of humanity is worthy of life and because God wanted to use him in unique ways to deliver his people. The world might not think much of Moses, but he is “beautiful in God’s sight.”
Stephen does two things by telling Moses’ story. He shows that political leaders who oppose God cannot thwart his plans. He also shows that God is capable of raising up people who will speak for him and be useful to him in blessing his people. Both of these ideas are relevant to Stephen’s situation—and to ours today.
One thing to think about: How does God see differently from people—including me?
One thing to pray for: Confidence in God’s ability to achieve his purposes
This message was sent to: from
Fairview Park church of Christ, 11820 Fairview Road, Little Rock, AR 72212
If you no longer wish to receive this newsletter click to unsubscribe. Modify your Subscription