Monday, January 30, 2006

NT06 - Acts 6, in which deacons are selected and Stephen is arrested

Acts 6 is a very short chapter. The chapter divisions here chop up the narrative strangely, as Chapter 7 is Stephen's trial, speech, and stoning, and Chapter 8 begins with Saul's approval of the sentence. But in Acts 6 we see the effect of growing pains in the first mega-church. (The Jerusalem community of believers numbered several thousand at this point.) It's interesting that the number of Hellenic believers seems to outnumber the Semitic believers, as the first crop of deacons all have Greek names.

1 comment:

cheryl deitz said...

Stephen is one of my heros in the New Testament. I can remember the first time I heard about his faith. He was set up by the people in the temple. With the same hatred which had caused them to crucify Christ, the angry authorities dragged Stephen out of the city, and stoned him (7:58). As he was dying, he . . . cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.

Stephen's love when they where hurling stones at him, is the spirit of love I pray for when folks despitefully treat me. Love at the foot of the Cross. The love and forgiveness of Stephen will someday bring the Saul's in my life to Jesus.