October 21, 2017: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Acts 7-8
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Commentary: Stephen speaks to those who have captured him, recounting the history of Israel and their blessings from the Lord. Stephen also accuses the religious leaders of being the same as those who had rejected the Lord in desert, which incited the people, turning them into a lynch mob who stoned Stephen to death. Saul (later Paul) was present at Stephen’s death. Stephen’s death led to the persecution against other Christians and Christians spreading and telling others of salvation through Christ. Philip is considered one of the first missionaries. We also meet Simon the magician, who was simply hoping for a new show for his act.
Focus Verses: 8:1-3 Why is it important to see Saul before he became a follower of Christ? What are your thoughts on Saul?