Acts 7:35–43 (ESV)
Stephen’s Speech (Part 6)
35 “This Moses, whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’—this man God sent as both ruler and redeemer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush. 36 This man led them out, performing wonders
and signs in Egypt and at the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years. 37 This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers.’ 38 This is the one who was in the congregation in the
wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our fathers. He received living oracles to give to us. 39 Our fathers refused to obey him, but thrust him aside, and in their hearts they turned to Egypt, 40 saying to Aaron, ‘Make for
us gods who will go before us. As for this Moses who led us out from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ 41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered a sacrifice to the idol and were rejoicing in the works of their hands.
42 But God turned away and gave them over to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets:
“ ‘Did you bring to me slain beasts
during the forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?
43 You took up the tent of Moloch
and the star of your god Rephan,
the images that you made to worship;
will send you into exile beyond Babylon.’
The last several days has been about Moses and he is with us again today. Much like the Jews rejected Jesus, Stephen points out how they rejected Moses.
Stephen then quotes Moses prophetic words “God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers.” Well, this prophecy became true and fulfilled through Jesus Christ. This is the one Moses was talking about! When Moses
didn’t come down from the mountain, they Children of Israel quickly abandoned him and built statues to worship as God. My, my... how quickly they forgot all the miracles and how quickly they turned on Moses. I mean... they are almost as bad
as we are today. I say this because we often fail to see ourselves as sinners and we go to church on Sunday and are already sinning before we get to the car. When we sin, we are choosing to do things our way instead of God’s way, thus making
ourselves to be God. We are all sinners and fall short of the Glory of God. We need a life guard, a savior... that is Jesus Christ. We look at how they melted gold and made a golden calf to worship... but truth be told, we are no better.
I pray: O Lord, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and repent of my sins. I have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed. By things that I have done and things that I have left undone. I
have not loved you with my whole heart. Forgive me and renew me into your kingdom. I am sorry and I want to do better. I cling to Jesus death and resurrection. Amen.