Scripture: Acts 6

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READ and STUDY the WORD

The Choosing Of The Seven

Acts 6:1-7 (KJV) And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.  Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the Word of God, and serve tables.  Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.  But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the Word.  And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.  And the Word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.

Questions:

1. Why were the Grecians murmuring against the Hebrews (Acts 6:1)?

2. What was suggested by the twelve to remedy the situation (Acts 6:3)?

3. What would they then be freed up to do (Acts 6:4)?

4. What did the apostles do once the seven men were appointed (Acts 6:6)?

5. What happened then (Acts 6:7)?

Answers:

1. The Grecians were murmuring because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration (daily distribution of food).

2.  It was suggested by the twelve disciples that the multitude of disciples should look for seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom who could be appointed overseers.

3. The disciples would be freed up to give themselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the Word.

4. After they prayed, the apostles laid their hands on the seven men who were appointed.

5. The Word of God increased, the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem and a great company of the priest were obedient to the faith.

Stephen Seized

Acts 6:8-15 (KJV)  And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.  Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.  10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.  11 Then they suborned (bribed or otherwise induced) men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God.  12 And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council, 13 And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law: 14 For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.  15 And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

Questions:

1. What did Stephen, one of those appointed, do (Acts 6:8)?

2. Who began to dispute with Stephen (Acts 6:9)?

3. What were they not able to resist (Acts 6:10)?

4. What did the men of the Libertines’ synagogue do (Acts 6:11-14)?

5. How did Stephen’s face appear to all that sat in the council (Acts 6:15)?

Answers:

1. Stephen, who was full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

2. Certain men from the synagogue of the Libertines disputed with Stephen.

3. They were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which Stephen spoke.

4. They bribed men to say they had heard Stephen speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.  They stirred up the people, the elders and the scribes and came upon Stephen and caught him and brought him to the council.  And set up false witnesses to say Stephen had spoken blasphemous words against the holy place and the law. And they said they heard Stephen say that Jesus of Nazareth would destroy where they were, and change the customs of Moses.

5. All that sat in the council saw Stephen’s face as it had been the face of an angel.

HEAR the WORD

Acts 6:9 (NIV) Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called) – Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia.  These men began to argue with Stephen.

MEDITATE on the WORD

What is the Synagogue of the Freedman? My Bible notes: The Freedman was a group of Jewish slaves who had been freed by Rome and had formed their own synagogue in Jerusalem. From biblegateway.com: The Synagogue of the Freedmen refers to those who together with Cyrenians and Alexandrians and others opposed Stephen. They apparently opposed him on theological grounds, but were not able to withstand the wisdom by which he spoke.  To oppose Stephen they hired false witnesses who accused Stephen of speaking blasphemous words against Moses and God.  As a result, a mob gathered and he was arrested and accused before the council. Their only accusation was that he said Jesus would destroy the Temple and change the customs of Moses. 

MEMORIZE the WORD

Acts 6:8 (NIV) Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

It is said in Acts 6:15 that Stephen was seen by all with a face like the face of an angel. When nearing the end of our life my hope is that each of us will also have a face that is like the face of an angel.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

I hope God’s Word will be firmly planned in us, so nobody will be able to stand up against our wisdom or the Holy Spirit within us.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will indeed be full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom (Acts 6:3).  I pray we will give attention to prayer and the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:4). Lord, I pray we will be men and women full of Your grace and Your power (Acts 6:8).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I shine forth.” <>< Dona