Daily Bible Reading: Acts 7:1 – 19
Verse of the Day: Acts 7:1 – “And the high priest said, Are these things so?”
At the end of yesterday’s readings, Stephen, one of the seven men chosen to fulfill the need of the church (some believe these were the first deacons), had been arrested and accused of blasphemy. Today, we pick up with the Sanhedrin’s trial.
The high priest (presumably Caiaphas) starts the preceding with a question (or a challenge) to Stephen about the validity of what he was teaching. In today’s reading through the next two days, we see the response that was given in boldness before the assembled group.
Stephen doesn’t start with the resurrection; he goes back to the beginning that they would all be in agreement with, and then proceeds to bring them up to the very present time. It is a good reminder to us that often to present the message, we need to start with where they are, and then bring them up to where they need to be.
Prayer: Spirit, give me wisdom in sharing.