January 27th, 2019
1. Verses 31-38 describe Moses' experience with the living God at the burning bush, his commission to go back to Egypt, and four descriptions (verses 35, 36, 37, and 38) of Moses as God's designated leader for Israel's history. WHY WERE THESE DESCRIPTIONS OF MOSES IMPORTANT FOR STEPHEN'S SERMON TO THE SANHEDRIN (verses 2- 53)? WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT FOR US TODAY? Check out Deuteronomy 18:15 and Acts 3:22. WHAT WAS STEPHEN GETTING AT HERE? . 2.
2. Verses 38-43 show that ancient Israel turned away from Moses and his God-appointed leadership. Rebellion resulted in the worship of false gods, as seen in verses 40-43, where Israel worshiped a golden calf instead of the God of reality (along with other false gods). WHAT "GODS" DO PEOPLE TURN TO TODAY WHEN THEY TURN AWAY FROM THE GOD OF REALITY? WHEN HAVE YOU ALSO DABBLED WITH WORSHIPING FALSE "GODS" IN YOUR LIFE, AND WHAT WAS THE RESULT?
3. In spite of Israel's grievous sin of worshiping the golden calf, God graciously provided for their future a way to remind the people of His presence--the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25:10-22). Instead of a golden calf, they had a golden ark where God met with them (Exodus 25:22). WHY WAS THIS AN IMPORTANT PART OF STEPHEN'S SERMON TO THE SANHEDRIN? HOW HAS GOD PROVIDED FOR US TODAY TO KNOW HIS PRESENCE AND DIRECTION? See Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38-39; Ephesians 1:13; and Ephesians 2:18 & 22.