As Stephen progresses in describing Israel’s history, he begins to draw parallels to his own day. He describes Moses: “When he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brothers, the children of Israel. And seeing one of them being wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking down the Egyptian”(Acts 7:23-24). He paints Moses’ act as defending and avenging a member of an oppressed minority. “He supposed that his brothers would understand that God was giving them salvation by his hand, but they did not understand”(Acts 7:25). Moses wanted at that moment to begin the resistance and save his people from Egypt—but they did not share his vision.
The next day Moses noticed two Israelites arguing and “tried to reconcile them”(Acts 7:26), but one of them bristled at him: “Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?”(Acts 7:27-28). This remark led Moses to flee to Midian. The very people Moses was sent to deliver rejected and derided him.
Stephen is getting dangerously close to his point: that Israel has rejected Jesus just as they rejected Moses. Their example reminds us that we often struggle to accept that God may be at work in ways that we are not comfortable with or didn’t expect. Though the people longed for God’s deliverance, they rejected the man through whom “God was giving them salvation.”
One thing to think about: At what points in my life have I missed, ignored, or misunderstood God?
One thing to pray for: A heart willing to follow God—even when his will and acts seem strange
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