January 6, 2018

Posted on January 6, 2018

January 6, 2018

Acts 7:44 — Acts 8:3

44 The tabernacle of testimony was with our fathers in the wilderness, even as He who spoke to Moses instructed him to make it, according to the pattern which he had seen.

45 This tabernacle our fathers, having in their turn received, also brought in with Joshua when they took possession of the nations, whom God drove out before the face of our fathers until the days of David,

46 Who found favor before God and asked to find a habitation for the God of Jacob.

47 But Solomon built Him a house.

48 Yet the Most High does not dwell in that which is made by hands, even as the prophet says,

49 “Heaven is My throne, and the earth is a footstool for My feet. What kind of house will you build for Me, says the Lord, or what is the place of My rest?

50 Has not My hand made all these things?”

51 You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in hearts and ears, you always oppose the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, you also do.

52 Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand concerning the coming of the righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become,

53 You who received the law as ordinances of angels and did not keep it.

54 Now as they heard these things, they were exasperated and gnashed their teeth at him.

55 But being full of the Holy Spirit, he looked intently into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the bright hand of God;

56 And he said, Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.

57 But they cried out with a loud voice and covered their ears and rushed upon him with one accord.

58 And they threw him outside of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man called Saul.

59 And they stoned Stephen as he called upon the Lord and said, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!

60 And kneeling down, he cried out with a loud voice, Lord, do not hold this sin against them. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

1 And Saul approved of his killing. And there occurred in that day a great persecution against the church which was in Jerusalem; and all were scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.

2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial and made great lamentation over him.

3 But Saul was devastating the church, entering house after house; and dragging off men and women, he delivered them to prison.

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