Saturday, August 18, 2018

Acts 7-8 ~Moses~ Day 48

Are you familiar wit the story of Moses from the book of Exodus?  Stephen did a good job of summing it up here in Acts, but I recommend you reading the whole book some time.  There is a lot more detail when you ready it first hand.

I noticed a detail between the two stories that I thought was interesting, but it is totally off topic from the point of Stephen’s speech so I’ll mention it in the comment section later if you are interested.

In regards to Stephen’s speech, he is defending himself against the accusation that he was “speaking words of blasphemy against Moses and against God.” (6:11)  Moses was highly regarded by the Jewish people, so they may have been hypersensitive to anything negative said about Moses.  Yet, Stephen wasn’t speaking blasphemous words against Moses, he was reminding his accusers of information they already knew…Moses with all his short comings was the first to admit  he wasn’t the redeemer but, “God will send you a prophet like me from your own people” (7:37)  Stephen’s accusers should have been familiar with that verse found in Deuteronomy 18:15.  
Obviously, some people don’t want to be reminded of things they ‘should’ know.  The reality of Stephen’s defense is that he proved he was not speaking words of blasphemy against Moses, but words of accusation against his accusers.
  
Interestingly, Peter quoted the same scripture about Moses when he was talking with a group of Jewish people who witnessed the healing of the crippled guy (ch. 3).  He went on to quote Moses farther than Stephen did, “..you must listen to everything he (the prophet, Jesus) tells you.  Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from among his people.” (Acts 3:23 & Deut. 18:19)😳



1 comment:

Walking with The Way said...

Since I have read the story first hand in Exodus, it caught my attention that Stephen said, “Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action. (Acts 7:22). I remember Moses complaining to the Lord when God told him to talk with Pharaoh. “Moses said to the Lord, ‘O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” (Exodus 4:10).

I like how my footnotes clarified the two verses that seem to contradict each other. Although it isn’t stated in the O.T., it would be expected that Moses would be “powerful in speech and action” because he was raised as the son of a princess (Pharaoh’s daughter). Acts makes it clear that he didn’t have a speech impediment, rather the complaint Moses had was more likely that he did not feel “eloquent or quick-witted enough to respond to the pharaoh”.
When read with those thoughts in mind, there is no contradiction between these two verses. Wouldn’t you agree?