This is a most wonderful exposition – Stephen shows the chief priests the prophetic meaning of their history as a people. Think about verses 17-20. What encouragement is there for understanding God’s providential dealings with us?
“And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt;”
Stephen understands one of the fundamental truths of reality – That we are all broken.
He isn’t dismissive of the sons of Jacob that became the heads of the tribes of Israel.
Instead, he acknowledges their brokenness. The truth of their actions.
This is important for us to wrestle with. Often we can raise people up, fallen human beings, to levels of importance beyond the reality of who they were.
There is only one to be raised up, one to be lifted high – Jesus!
* Father God,
Help us to in all things bring You glory, You and You alone.
Help us to look to Jesus, Him alone.
Remind us of the truth of who we are, and the wonderful truth of who You are and what You have done for us.