Stephen is defending himself by reminding the Jewish council about the story of Moses. “This Moses, whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’—this man God sent as both ruler and redeemer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush”(Acts 7:35). When Moses had tried to begin the revolution by killing a violent Egyptian, his people had rejected him. Yet when God appeared to him later in the burning bush, God sent him to be a ruler and redeemer. Who made Moses a ruler and a judge? God did. God uses the rejected.
Stephen emphasizes that this was the exact same man who had been rejected. “This man led them out, performing wonders and signs”(Acts 7:36). “This is the Moses” who told them to plan for another prophet like him (Acts 7:37). “This is the one” who went up on Mount Sinai and received the law (Acts 7:38). The one God’s people rejected is the one God used.
It is hard to ignore the pattern Stephen is tracing through Scripture. God acts, but the people reject the man God sends. After a setback, God uses him anyway. This is the story of Jesus. “This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone”(Acts 4:11). God uses those the world rejects as we follow a Savior whom the world rejected. God uses the rejected.
One thing to think about: How have I seen God use people that others have rejected?
One thing to pray for: Confidence in God, knowing that man cannot stop his purposes
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