“Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in the flame of a burning bush. When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight; and as he approached to look, there came the voice of the Lord: ‘I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.’ Moses began to tremble and did not dare to look. Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. I have surely seen the mistreatment of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to rescue them. Come now, I will send you to Egypt.’
Stephen is a faithful Jew who had become an articulate and influential follower of Jesus. Arrested on trumped-up charges and brought before the High Priest and Jewish Council, Stephen quotes from Exodus 3 as part of his defense. He is found guilty of blasphemy and sentenced to death by stoning. Saul of Tarsus, the primary persecutor of those who follow Jesus, is the overseer of this execution. This is the Saul who, on the road to Damascus, encounters the risen Christ, becomes a follower of Jesus, and is given a new name, “Paul.” Yes, that Paul.
If you had to defend your faith in Jesus to someone, what quotes or stories from the Bible would you call upon?
Be a blessing to someone today!