Stephen’s Evidence - Moses & Aaron

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Acts 7:31-45

31 When Moses saw it, he marveled at the sight; and as he approached to look more closely, there came the voice of the Lord: 32 ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob.’ Moses shook with fear and would not venture to look. 33 But the Lord said to him, ‘Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground. 34 I have certainly seen the oppression of My people in Egypt and have heard their groans, and I have come down to rescue them; [a]come now, and I will send you to Egypt.’

35 “This Moses whom they disowned, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’ is the one whom God [b]sent to be both a ruler and a deliverer with the [c]help of the angel who appeared to him in the thorn bush.36 This man led them out, performing wonders and [d]signs in the land of Egypt and in the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years. 37 This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet [e]like me from your brethren.’ 38 This is the one who was in the [f]congregation in the wilderness together with the angel who was speaking to him on Mount Sinai, and who was with our fathers; and he received living oracles to pass on to you. 39 Our fathers were unwilling to be obedient to him, but repudiated him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt, 40 saying to Aaron, ‘Make for us gods who will go before us; for this Moses who led us out of the land of Egypt—we do not know what happened to him.’ 41 [g]At that time they made a [h]calf and brought a sacrifice to the idol, and were rejoicing in the works of their hands. 42 But God turned away and delivered them up to [i]serve the [j]host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, ‘It was not to Me that you offered victims and sacrifices forty years in the wilderness, was it, O house of Israel? 43 You also took along the tabernacle of Moloch and the star of the god [k]Rompha, the images which you made to worship. I also will remove you beyond Babylon.’

44 “Our fathers had the tabernacle of testimony in the wilderness, just as He who spoke to Moses directed him to make it according to the pattern which he had seen. 45 And having received it in their turn, our fathers brought it in with [l]Joshua upon dispossessing the [m]nations whom God drove out before our fathers, until the time of David.

Discussion Questions

January 27th, 2019

Discussion Questions:

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.