Monday, 18 November 2019
Question of the day: In Acts 7, Stephen gives the history of the Jewish people, from Abraham to Yeshua. What was it that he said that enraged his audience?
Answer: Acts 7:52-53 "Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed the ones who foretold the coming of the Righteous One. Now you have become His betrayers and murderers - you who received the Torah by direction of angels and did not keep it!"
Being called "betrayers, murderers and law breakers" didn't sit well with the crowd gathers around the Kohen Gadol.
Acts 7:54 "When they heard these things, they became enraged and began gnashing their teeth at him."
But even this tragic story of the first to be martyred as a follower of Yeshua has a great ending. The last thing Stephen saw on this earth is Yeshua.
Acts 7:56 "And he (Stephen) said, 'Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!'"
But wait, I thought Yeshua was seated at the right hand of God. Mark 16:19 "Then the Lord Yeshua, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God."
But Stephen saw Yeshua giving him a standing ovation for his faultless testimony. One day, may Yeshua do the same for you and me.
Rabbi Michael Weiner,