S.cripture – Acts 6:10 But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke.
11 Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, “We have heard Stephen speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.”
12 So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin. 13 They produced false witnesses, who testified, “This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law. 14 For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us.”
15 All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.
O.bservation – The religious people of the day were the greatest hinderence to the truth that we encounter in the New Testament. Why is it that we feel the need to surpress anything we don’t understand and lable it as evil?
A.pplication – So many preachers today are against this and against that and they preach against anything they see that comes out that is new and different and that they don’t understand. Harry Potter, Oprah Winphrey, Dungeons and Dragons, Rock and Roll, Television, Radio, Women wearting pants Men with long hair, Women preachers, ect. ect. ect. I could go on and on with more and more examples all the way back through time to this point in our scripture where the religious people of the Synagogue of the Freedmen preached against this Stephen and his new ideas about Jesus of Nazareth.
This isn’t anything new – and I don’t suspect that it will end anytime soon. Even Paul does a bit of this himself later on in the scriptures. I just hope that unlike these poor religious tradition lovers of the first century we will have enough wisdom to see when God is trying to tell us something. That we will not blindly turn our eyes away, and slander what may be a true revelation when God sends us one. Because I personally believe that God is STILL active and involved in our lives enough that He is trying to tell us something, even now!
P.rayer – Father help me today to look for you among things I may not understand and to find your wisdom in places that I would not expect.
Y.eildedness – I give up the thought that I know all about the truth of God and that the things which I don’t understand could not be from Him.