Stephen’s Evidence - Joseph & Moses

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Acts 7:9-30

9 “The patriarchs became jealous of Joseph and sold him into Egypt. Yet God was with him, 10 and rescued him from all his afflictions, and granted him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he made him governor over Egypt and all his household. 11 “Now a famine came over all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction with it, and our fathers could find no food. 12 But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers there the first time.13 On the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph’s family was disclosed to Pharaoh. 14 Then Joseph sent word and invited Jacob his father and all his relatives to come to him, seventy-five persons in all. 15 And Jacob went down to Egypt and there he and our fathers died. 16 From there they were removed to Shechem and laid in the tomb which Abraham had purchased for a sum of money from the sons of Hamor in Shechem. 17 “But as the time of the promise was approaching which God had assured to Abraham, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt,18 until there arose another king over Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph. 19 It was he who took shrewd advantage of our race and mistreated our fathers so that they would expose their infants and they would not survive. 20 It was at this time that Moses was born; and he was lovely in the sight of God, and he was nurtured three months in his father’s home. 21 And after he had been set outside, Pharaoh’s daughter took him away and nurtured him as her own son. 22 Moses was educated in all the learning of the Egyptians, and he was a man of power in words and deeds. 23 But NOTES January 20, 2019 Stephen’s Evidence - Joseph & Moses Acts 7:9-30 9 “The patriarchs became jealous of Joseph and sold him into Egypt. Yet God was with him, 10 and rescued him from all his afflictions, and granted him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he made him governor over Egypt and all his household. 11 “Now a famine came over all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction with it, and our fathers could find no food. 12 But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers there the first time.13 On the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph’s family was disclosed to Pharaoh. 14 Then Joseph sent word and invited Jacob his father and all his relatives to come to him, seventy-five persons in all. 15 And Jacob went down to Egypt and there he and our fathers died. 16 From there they were removed to Shechem and laid in the tomb which Abraham had purchased for a sum of money from the sons of Hamor in Shechem. 17 “But as the time of the promise was approaching which God had assured to Abraham, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt,18 until there arose another king over Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph. 19 It was he who took shrewd advantage of our race and mistreated our fathers so that they would expose their infants and they would not survive. 20 It was at this time that Moses was born; and he was lovely in the sight of God, and he was nurtured three months in his father’s home. 21 And after he had been set outside, Pharaoh’s daughter took him away and nurtured him as her own son. 22 Moses was educated in all the learning of the Egyptians, and he was a man of power in words and deeds. 23 But when he was approaching the age of forty, it entered his mind to visit his brethren, the sons of Israel. 24 And when he saw one of them being treated unjustly, he defended him and took vengeance for the oppressed by striking down the Egyptian. 25 And he supposed that his brethren understood that God was granting them deliverance through him, but they did not understand. 26 On the following day he appeared to them as they were fighting together, and he tried to reconcile them in peace, saying, ‘Men, you are brethren, why do you injure one another?’ 27 But the one who was injuring his neighbor pushed him away, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge over us?28 You do not mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday, do you?’ 29 At this remark, Moses fled and became an alien in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons.30 “After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in the flame of a burning thorn bush.


Discussion Questions

January 20th, 2019

Discussion Questions:

1. In verses 9-19 Stephen speaks about God’s work through Joseph’s life, to include his being sold into slavery by his brothers and eventual provision for his family to survive the famine by going to Egypt. WHEN HAS GOD ALLOWED PAIN OR PERSECUTION INTO YOUR LIFE THAT ULTIMATELY TURNED OUT FOR GOOD? Compare Hebrews 2:10 and 5:8. .

2. Verse 17 says, “But as the time of the promise was approaching which God had assured to Abraham …” That promise had been made five generations earlier. God was now moving to preserve His people and make them a nation … in Egypt! WHAT DOES THIS TELL YOU ABOUT THE WAY GOD WORKS IN TIME AND THE WAY WE MAY EXPECT HIM TO WORK IN TIME? WHEN HAVE YOU HAD TO WAIT WHAT SEEMED LIKE A LONG TIME TO SEE GOD’S PROVISION? See II Peter 3:3-9.

3. Verse 25 indicates that Moses thought that his fellow Israelites would see him as a deliverer, but they did not understand. Later he ran to the desert to herd sheep for 40 years until God appeared to him at the burning bush (verse 30). WHEN HAVE YOU ASSUMED GOD WOULD WORK THROUGH YOU, ONLY TO BE DISCOURAGED BY FAILURE? WHAT WAS YOUR RESPONSE?

4. Thinking of verse 30 and the burning bush, WHEN HAS GOD UNMISTAKABLE DIRECTED YOU, AT HIS CORRECT TIME, TO TAKE ACTION? WHAT WAS THE OUTCOME?