Pastor Wrinkkles: House On Fire Pt. 17

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

Our study through the Book Of Acts is going strong. I am truly enjoying the on-line discussions Thanks to Debby and Daryl ( http://darylgstewart.net/ ) for joining the conversation in our last class. If you have missed any of the chats you can catch up and take part by going to my House on Fire Page here http://wp.me/P39vIx-Gh

Now on to today’s discussion:

We are hanging around in Acts 7 again today and there is lots to notice here:

7 Then the high priest asked Stephen, “Are these charges true?”

2 To this he replied: “Brothers and fathers, listen to me! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Harran. 3 ‘Leave your country and your people,’ God said, ‘and go to the land I will show you.’

4 “So he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Harran. After the death of his father, God sent him to this land where you are now living. 5 He gave him no inheritance here, not even enough ground to set his foot on. But God promised him that he and his descendants after him would possess the land, even though at that time Abraham had no child. 6 God spoke to him in this way: ‘For four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated. 7 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves,’ God said, ‘and afterward they will come out of that country and worship me in this place.’ 8 Then he gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision. And Abraham became the father of Isaac and circumcised him eight days after his birth. Later Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob became the father of the twelve patriarchs.

9 “Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him 10 and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt. So Pharaoh made him ruler over Egypt and all his palace.

11 “Then a famine struck all Egypt and Canaan, bringing great suffering, and our ancestors could not find food. 12 When Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our forefathers on their first visit. 13 On their second visit, Joseph told his brothers who he was, and Pharaoh learned about Joseph’s family. 14 After this, Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his whole family, seventy-five in all. 15 Then Jacob went down to Egypt, where he and our ancestors died. 16 Their bodies were brought back to Shechem and placed in the tomb that Abraham had bought from the sons of Hamor at Shechem for a certain sum of money.

17 “As the time drew near for God to fulfill his promise to Abraham, the number of our people in Egypt had greatly increased. 18 Then ‘a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt.” 19 He dealt treacherously with our people and oppressed our ancestors by forcing them to throw out their newborn babies so that they would die.

20 “At that time Moses was born, and he was no ordinary child. For three months he was cared for by his family.21 When he was placed outside, Pharaoh’s daughter took him and brought him up as her own son. 22 Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.

23 “When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites. 24 He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian. 25 Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. 26 The next day Moses came upon two Israelites who were fighting. He tried to reconcile them by saying, ‘Men, you are brothers; why do you want to hurt each other?’

27 “But the man who was mistreating the other pushed Moses aside and said, ‘Who made you ruler and judge over us?28 Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’29 When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons.

30 “After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai. 31 When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to get a closer look, he heard the Lord say:32 ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.’ Moses trembled with fear and did not dare to look.

33 “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. 34 I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. Now come, I will send you back to Egypt.’

35 “This is the same Moses they had rejected with the words, ‘Who made you ruler and judge?’ He was sent to be their ruler and deliverer by God himself, through the angel who appeared to him in the bush. 36 He led them out of Egypt and performed wonders and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea and for forty years in the wilderness.

37 “This is the Moses who told the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your own people.38 He was in the assembly in the wilderness, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors;and he received living words to pass on to us.

39 “But our ancestors refused to obey him. Instead, they rejected him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt. 40 They told Aaron, ‘Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who led us out of Egypt—we don’t know what has happened to him!’[i] 41 That was the time they made an idol in the form of a calf. They brought sacrifices to it and reveled in what their own hands had made. 42 But God turned away from them and gave them over to the worship of the sun, moon and stars. This agrees with what is written in the book of the prophets:

“‘Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings
    forty years in the wilderness, people of Israel?
43 You have taken up the tabernacle of Molek
    and the star of your god Rephan,
    the idols you made to worship.
Therefore I will send you into exile’[j] beyond Babylon.

44 “Our ancestors had the tabernacle of the covenant law with them in the wilderness. It had been made as God directed Moses, according to the pattern he had seen. 45 After receiving the tabernacle, our ancestors under Joshua brought it with them when they took the land from the nations God drove out before them. It remained in the land until the time of David, 46 who enjoyed God’s favor and asked that he might provide a dwelling place for the God of Jacob.[k]47 But it was Solomon who built a house for him.

48 “However, the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands. As the prophet says:

49 “‘Heaven is my throne,
    and the earth is my footstool.
What kind of house will you build for me?
says the Lord.
    Or where will my resting place be?
50 Has not my hand made all these things?’

51 “You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! 52 Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him— 53 you who have received the law that was given through angels but have not obeyed it.”

The Stoning of Stephen

54 When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.

59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.

Tell me five things that stand out in this sermon of Stephen’s.

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkkles: House On Fire Pt. 17

  1. So True Pastor J, the Egyptians did indeed reap what they sowed, in choosing Pagan gods they were left without Hope, their practices were detestable in God’s sight as was their cruelty and lawlessness which all goes together, look what they did to the babies of the Israelites, how blessed were Moses Parents, who were True to God and did not join in the evil of the Egyptians. Moses escaped to be used greatly by Him, He knows those who are His, those who will have willing hearts, even before they are conceived.

    It’s the same with many today, just like the Prodigal son who did what was evil and until he came to his senses he suffered without comfort, this is God’s discipline and punishment but it’s always our choice, in disobedience we have time out and cannot fellowship with Him and Satan controls us and you can be sure he is a hard task master without love or compassion but when we come close to God he flees and how wonderful it is to be in our Abba Fathers arms of Love.

    Today being under the new Covenant in Christ Jesus we are not circumcised in the flesh but in our heart by The Holy Spirit , we are the Children of the promise, we are not Jews by birth but by The Spirit.

    Romans 2:28-29 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

    • But something that has always gotten me about the Egyptians is that while Pharaoh hardened his heart it was not just him that suffered. An entire nation felt the pain of the king’s rebellion against God!

      • Sorry Pastor J, that it has taken me so long to respond but I have been changing over Computers, almost finished but I thought I would catch up on some Blogging first and continue later.

        It is true Pharaoh hardened his heart, but so did God by giving him the opportunity to obey through Moses much more than once, of course God knew he wouldn’t or his people, He knows all things but He still gives all Mankind the opportunity to repent and obey willingly. Jesus died for all Mankind so we wouldn’t be punished because of our past sin and we would also be set free from the slavery of sin but it’s still our choice to accept His free gift of Salvation.

        John 8:34-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

        The Scriptures tell us sin hardens our heart and we die spiritually, unless we come to true heart repentance, which means we choose to turn from evil and do good by the empowering of The Holy Spirit, all God’s Children who He has known from Eternity will do this, that is why He chose us to be conformed into the image of Jesus.

        We remember in the time of Noah, God knew all were evil in all their thinking except Noah and his family and that they would continue to be evil just like the Egyptians, so in His Mercy, He sent the great flood to stop the abominations. His little ones, were suffering greatly and would grow up to do the same evil to their children and each other. He also sent the Sulphur to stop the evil in Sodom and Gomorrah and He sent His people to war to put an end to the Pagan Nation’s evil and Hitlers control of Germany and the evil he propagated, many innocent children were slaughtered, the disabled and elderly and all those who didn’t measure up to Hitlers agenda.

        God protects His own, our souls will never be lost regardless of what man does to our bodies and as you have said before Pastor J, whatever we go through He will give us the strength to endure and He never leaves us alone as we go through it (Isaiah 43:1-3 )

        Christian Love from us both – Anne

      • Amen! The fact that by his leadership Pharaoh led his entire nation into sin by his example gives me great pause. Our sin effects not just ourselves but all those we have influence with.

  2. The first thing that stood out to me after reading this passage was verse 60- Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. I don’t know if I could be so gracious and pray for the ones stoning (killing) me. The second thing that stood out to me is that Stephen reminds the Sanhedrins’ that he knows they know the law yet they do not practice what they preach. Stephen shows them through past history events that there are consequences for rejecting the one and only true God. I believe Stephen was letting them know that no matter what happens on this day God is bigger than any circumstance. In essence, Stephen was saying that God will find a way to spread the good news whether it was through him or someone else the job will get done. I admire Stephen for his strength he had because of his faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. I wonder if I would have half as much if faced with a similar situation.

    • I like you often wonder at the stalwart courage that Stephen displayed during his stoning. HE was quite a man. I do believe though that God prepares u for the walk we are going to have to take with Him. Should the way require death I do believe He will prepare us in advance with the grace to stand through it.

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