Faith – tried and proven
Deuteronomy 5-6 /Acts 6-8
5:2-21 While we were at Mount Sinai, the LORD our God made a covenant with us. The LORD did not make this covenant long ago with our ancestors, but with all of us who are alive today. The LORD spoke to you face to face from the heart of the fire on the mountain. I stood as an intermediary between you and the LORD, for you were afraid of the fire and did not climb the mountain. He spoke to me, and I passed his words on to you. This is what he said:
“I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from slavery in Egypt.
Do not worship any other gods besides me.
Do not make idols of any kind, whether in the shape of birds or animals or fish. You must never worship or bow down to them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not share your affection with any other god! I do not leave unpunished the sins of those who hate me, but I punish the children for the sins of their parents to the third and fourth generations. But I lavish my love on those who love me and obey my commands, even for a thousand generations.
Do not misuse the name of the LORD your God. The LORD will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.
Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the LORD your God has commanded you. Six days a week are set apart for your daily duties and regular work, but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to the LORD your God. On that day no one in your household may do any kind of work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your oxen and donkeys and other livestock, and any foreigners living among you. All your male and female servants must rest as you do. Remember that you were once slaves in Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you out with amazing power and mighty deeds. That is why the LORD your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.
Honor your father and mother, as the LORD your God commanded you. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God will give you.
Do not murder.
Do not commit adultery.
Do not steal.
Do not testify falsely against your neighbor.
Do not covet your neighbor’s wife. Do not covet your neighbor’s house.”
7:56 And he told them, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!”
:59-60 And as they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” And he fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died.
OT Flash Points
Consequences of sin carries on to 3 & 4 generations
Since “all these sinned” through the seed of Adam, through the Seed of God’s salvation, that consequence can be broken and turned into blessing for a thousand generations
NT Flash Points
Distribution of ministry/service
Stephen’s oration – the history of stubbornness
He died at their hands – the young Saul held their coats
Persecution – in God’s design also – spreads believers all over the world
Not knowing where we go but Who leads us
Life of faith, tried and proven – Abraham believed God