Stephen makes a rather long defense of himself before the council, after all, he is facing a death sentence. He doesn’t go directly to the point raised by his accusers, but instead goes into a lengthy history of his nation.
Bondage, Glory Of God, Stephen, Stephens Sermon, Father Abraham
By beginning with God’s appearance to Abraham he indicates that he doesn’t disagree with the fathers on what constitutes true religion—the religion of the Jews. For them, all religion, the worship of God, the doctrine of the law, all prophecies....
Sanhedrin, Stephen, Stephens Sermon
“The time of the promise” refers to the passage of four hundred years from the day God gave the promise to Abraham until he delivered the seed of Abraham from their affliction and servitude in Egypt, and later brought them into the the land of Canaan....
Sanhedrin, Stephens Sermon
Moses promised that there would come after him another Prophet and warned Israel to take special care to listen to this coming Prophet. But just like Israel rejected Moses, they rejected Jesus, who is the Prophet Moses spoke of....
Messiah, Stephens Sermon, Promise Of A Messiah, Israel Rejects Moses