Bible Studies

BIBLE STUDY NOTES, September 14, 2016

ROMANS 11 and Its Relation to Fulfilled Prophecy

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. . . II Timothy 3: 16

I. The Scriptures
A. All Scripture given by God:
1. All Scripture written prior to 70 A.D.
2. It was written to those people of that time, the 1st century church.
3. It was also written for the remnant, the election of grace, of all times, which included the remnant from the lost tribes.
B. Importance of 70 A.D.
1. 70 A.D. presupposition or general philosophy in the Jewish mind when talking about the future was that there were only two Ages.
a. Their Present Evil Age
b. The Age of the Messiah
1. The Son of David was Christ, the Messiah
2. The Jews of Christ’s time refused to accept Him as the Messiah
2. The Law was not destroyed on the cross, but stayed in place until 70 A.D.
3. 70 A.D. was the last year of the generation that would not pass away until all was fulfilled of which Christ spoke.
“Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” Matthew 24: 34

II. Ezekiel 37
A. Directly related to Romans 11
B. The Ten Lost Tribes
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1. There were two divisions, the northern and southern kingdoms.
2. The ten tribes, the northern kingdom, were disobedient to God, not letting the land rest and not keeping the Covenant of God.
a. God divorced Israel and the Northern Kingdom was carried away from the land of Israel and dispersed throughout the heathen world
1. They were banished from the land they abused. Psalm 94:14
2. To be outside of the land of Israel was to be spiritually dead to the Jew
3. Yet, there was a remnant of the election of grace.
b. God accomplished this through the invasion of the Assyrians in
721 B.C. under Sennacherib
c. They were brought back to Israel prior to 586 B.C. by Cyrus as recorded in the book of Nehemiah
d. In 586 B.C., they were again taken captive by the Babylonians
3. Judah, the southern kingdom was invaded by Sennacherib in the 721 B.C., Asssyrian invasion.
a. The heathen and their gods were brought in and mingled among them.
b. God utterly destroyed Judah, the southern tribes in 70 A.D.
1. These included the Pharisees, Sadducees
2. Yet, there was a remnant of the election of grace (examples: Nicodemus, Mary, Martha, Lazarus, etc.)
4. Ezekiel speaks of the resurrectionfrom their graves.
a. God would make the two sticks one.
b. The two kingdoms, divisions, would become one, united under the rulership of Christ, the Messiah Ezekiel 37: 19-22
c. This is these of the remnant of the election of grace spoken of in Romans 11.

 

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III. Daniel 12
A. This chapter unfolds in the book of Revelation.
1. The end time for Israel is very near.
2. Daniel was not in the end time himself, so God instructed him to seal the book.
Daniel 12: 4
3. The resurrection promised in Ezekiel will take place.
4. In verse 7, the dispersed people shall be brought back.
5. If these things are taken physically, it would be a futuristic viewpoint.
6. These things must be taken spiritually for the proper understanding of these scriptures.
B. Christ came into time to fulfill the promises to Israel in the Old Testament.
C. The election of grace was already in existence.

IV. Romans 11
A. It was the ten lost tribes of Israel referenced in Romans 11.
B. There was a blessing to Israel promised.
1. There was a remnant of Israel that God had reserved for Himself. Rom. 11:4-5
a. It was by the election of grace that the remnant of the lost tribes were gathered in – the great in-gathering; the others were blinded. Rom.11:7-10
b. The heathen Gentiles were included when the lost tribes became the election of grace.
2. These dispersed Jews were called Gentiles by the Jewish hierarchy.
C. Christ’s coming would also bring judgment.
1. John the Baptist did not come to herald the first coming of Christ, but His judgment –“…repent ye.” Matthew 3
2. Christ’s coming would bring judgment to the wicked.Matt. 3: 7
3. Christ’s kingdom was for the repentant. Matt. 3: 11
4. John heralded the cutting down of the tree (unrepentant Israel).Matthew 3: 10
5. He also spoke of the Messiah coming for redemption as both Savior and Judge.
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D. Through these dispersed Jews, came salvation to the heathen Gentiles. Romans 11:11
Acts 28:28
E. There were the things that the apostle Paul had in mind when guided by the Holy Spirit he penned Romans 11.
1. It was “for the hope of Israel”. Acts 28:20
2. Israel would not obtain what they sought for through the law. Rom. 11: 6- 7

 

 

 

 

BIBLE STUDY SUMMARY: ACTS 1 – 2: 21

The book of Acts begins with the affirmation that Christ showed Himself alive for forty days after His passion with “infallible proofs” unto His chosen apostles charging them that they would do greater things than He for He would send the Holy Spirit. Christ would be in them, a God with His people. The disciples would no longer live by the dictates of the temple for they were now a living temple, the temple of the Holy Spirit. They would preach the kingdom of Christ, a spiritual kingdom not of this world. It was the end of the Jewish kingdom. Christ ascended into heaven in a cloud and would return in a cloud meaning coming in judgment.

 

BIBLE STUDY SUMMARY: ACTS 2: 22 – 47

Joel prophesied destruction and the end of Jerusalem, that is, the end of the Old Covenant. Peter told the men of Israel, “This is that spoken by the prophet Joel.” Jesus Christ came among them doing signs and wonders and then by the predetermined counsel of God, He was crucified and then raised again. Peter proclaimed that God hath made that same Jesus both Lord and Christ. Then, Peter told them to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, and they would receive the Holy Ghost. They gladly received Peter’s words and were baptized. They continued in the apostle’s doctrine and fellowship.

 

BIBLE STUDY NOTES, January 25, 2017

ACTS 1 and 2: 1-21

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness . . . II Timothy 3: 16

I. Acts Chapter 1: Introduction A. All Scripture given by God: 1. Acts written prior to 70 A.D. 2. Written by Luke 3. Written to Theophilus B. Verse 1 1. Luke begins Acts by stating that in “the former treatise” he had made an account “of all that Jesus began both to do and teach”. 2. Luke’s account of Christ was well-documented and searched out.
3. Both books, Luke and Acts, were written to Theophilus, whose name means lover of God.
C. Verse 2 1. The account of Luke ends in the ascension of Christ; which now in Acts is post ascension 2. Luke records that Christ through the Holy Ghost gave commands to His chosen apostles. a. Christ testified to His disciples in the gospel of John that all who will believe in Him will not only do the works Jesus did, but also “greater works than these” shall they do. b. These works they will do because of the Holy Spirit dwelling in them whom Christ would send, that is, God with His people.
D. Verse 3
1. Luke records that Christ showed Himself alive “after His passion by many infallible proofs”: the post death, the burial, and His well-known appearance, and a body no longer limited by time and space. 2. Our resurrection is a change in our being also; we, too, will take on the limitlessness of the spiritual world. 3. Christ was seen by apostles for over 40 days; 40 is the symbol of God’s working judgment or blessing 4. Christ spoke of the things that concerned God 5. The Disciples would no longer live by the dictates of the old Temple because they are a living temple, God is within.
6. It is not evident that Christ taught an earthly kingdom, but taught a spiritual kingdom that is not of this world; yet, it fell on deaf ears. 7. It would be a hardship to depart from the earthly kingdom; they would have to fight war on their knees in prayer.
E. Verse 4
1. Christ charged His disciples to wait for the promise of the Father, the promise of the Holy Spirit coming. 2. That was the first century; what about twenty-first century? a) We too, can wage war in prayer b) We can see miracles, too c) His people will see it clearly in the day of His power
F. Verse 5
1. Christ told His disciple they would be baptized in the Holy Spirit unlike John’s baptism with water. 2. The charismatics have misinterpreted the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

G. Verse 6 1. The disciples totally looked away from the promise of the Holy Spirit. 2. They looked to the physical restoration of Israel. H. Verse 7 1. Christ told the disciples that they were not to be concerned about the exact time. 2. Christ redirected their attention. 3. Only the Father knew of the times and seasons when the kingdom would come. 4. The kingdom would be spiritual and for new Israel, the remnant. 5. Before the anointing of the Holy Spirit, they were not ready to deal with things coming.

I. Verse 8 1. Christ told the disciples they would receive power when the Holy Ghost came upon them. 2. They would be witnesses of Christ in all the known world. 3. It would be the end of the earth, that is, the end of the Jewish Kingdom.

J. Verse 9 1. Jesus was taken up and a cloud concealed Him. 2. Christ was in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. 3. In Psalms, Christ was described as flying “upon the wings of the wind”. 4. In Psalms 104: 3, Christ makes “the clouds his chariot.” 5. Literalness causes us to miss the spiritual implications.
K. Verse 10 1. The disciples looked up toward heaven as Christ ascended up. 2. Two men in white clothing stood by them.

L. Verse 11 1. Christ left in a cloud and would come again in a cloud. 2. Coming again would mean coming in judgment. 3. They will experience Israel being judged 4. Do not expect Christ floating on a cloud to earth to judge those persecuting Christ’s beloved church.

M. Verse 12 – Verse 14 1. The Jerusalem church gathered together, but not passively. 2. They prayed, sought the Lord, and were of one mind that they may receive the promise from on high. 3. Jerusalem was a dangerous place, especially for those of faith. 4. It was a one time event, a singular situation (likewise as Cornelius’ conversion and his household).

N. Verse 15 – Verse 16 1. Peter stood up saying the Scriptures were to be fulfilled. 2. They were to seek wisdom and understanding to fill Judas’ place.

O. Verse 17 – Verse 19 1. The fate of Judas Iscariot was destined from the foundation of the world. 2. Judas committed suicide, the ultimate crime. 3. Judas willfully fell headlong and died in a field he purchased with the “reward of his iniquity.” 4. The field was called Aceldama, the field of blood.

P. Verse 20 1. Estate was to be forsaken 2. No man was to ever dwell there. O. Verse 21 – Verse 26 1. The disciples prayed and cast lots to see whom the Holy Spirit would choose to take Judas’ place. 2. The lot fell on Matthias. 3. The Apostle Paul was added at a later time. 4. Paul’s appointment upset Peter as he felt Paul was not one of the original. 5. Later, Peter realized Paul understood things he did not.

II. Acts Chapter 2 A. Verses 1 – Verse 3 1. At Pentecost, they were all of one mind. 2. The Pentecost experience was a spectacular event with sounds, winds (winds and spirit is same word), and the anointing with fire as fire would burn in their mouths as they spoke the gospel.

B. Verse 4 – Verse 11 1. They spoke in tongues; that is, known languages, not gibberish. 2. Unlearned men, who were no scholars, spoke perfectly in languages not native to them. 3. The were given the ability to speak foreign languages which the hearers understood perfectly. 4. All the dialects within the far reaches of the empire were heard. 5. Pentecost was like a microcosm of all dialects.

C. Verse 12 – Verse 13 1. They were all amazed. 2. Yet, there were the “nay sayer “ in the crowd as typical.

D. Verse 14 – Verse 16 1. Peter stood up and spoke. 2. He said Joel had prophesied what would come to pass. 3. This was that spoken through Joel. 4. Joel prophesying was a sign.

E. Verse 17 – Verse 26 1. God said that in the last days He would pour out His spirit upon all kinds of flesh, diversity 2. In Luke 23 and Matthew 24, it could be envisioned and understood of the “last days”. 3. These “Last days” was what was taking place in their lifetime, 70 A.D. 4. If these things were literal, there would be no meaning or understanding of anything scriptural. 5. When God brings a society to an end, He speaks like this way.

F. Verse 21 1. The Scriptures often speak of God’s mercy when there is repentance. 2. In midst of judgment, there is salvation.

 

Bible Study Summary February 8, 2017

Acts 3 – 4: 22

The temple was the center of worship for both the Old Covenant and the New Covenant people. As Peter and John approached the temple to pray, there was a lame man positioned at its entrance begging for alms. It was the custom of the Old Covenant to take care of those in need. This lame man had been lame all his life. As the lame man begged for alms, Peter replied that he had no silver or gold to give him, but he would give him what he had, and that was “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Rise up and walk”. The man walked and praised God over and over again. What a stir this caused among the religious rulers of the day, especially the Sadduces. It was a marvel and an amazement to all who witnessed it. Peter took the opportunity to preach to these people saying this was possible because Christ is living today and by Him this miracle was done. He also told them that they had denied Christ and delivered Him up to Pilate to be crucified, but God raised Him up from death. He also told them to repent and Christ would make restitution. What was lost would be restored. The Pharisees worried what to do about Peter and John for they feared the people. They decided to warn them to speak no more and to leave. Peter and John asserted they must speak what they “have heard and seen.”

 

BIBLE STUDY NOTES, February 8,2017

ACTS 3 and Acts 4

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. . . II Timothy 3:16

I. Acts Chapter 3: Introduction A. All Scripture is given by God. 1. Acts was written prior to 70 A.D. 2. Acts was written by Luke by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. B. Verse 1 1. Peter and John went together up to the temple at the hour of prayer. 2. The temple was the center of worship for both the Old Covenant and the New Covenant people. C. Verse 2 1. A lame man who had never walked was placed daily at the gate of the temple Beautiful to ask for alms. 2. The Old Covenant taught that those in need were to be taken care of. D. Verse 3
1. The lame man saw them.
2. He then asked them for alms.
E. Verse 4 1. Peter with John, fastened his eyes upon the lame man. 2. Peter told the lame man to “look on us.” F. Verse 5 1. The lame man expected a great sum of money from them. 2. No money was given to him. G. Verse 6 1. Peter replied, “Silver and gold have I none.” 2. Peter gave the man what he had. 3. He commanded the lame man, “in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”

H. Verse 7 and Verse 8 1. Peter took him by the right hand and lifted him up. 2. Immediately, the lame man walked and praised God entering the temple with them. 3. This was the first act of the New Covenant Church to show the power they had been given by the indwelling presence of the Holy Ghost.

I. Verse 9 – Verse 11 1. All the people saw the lame man walking. 2. They knew he was the lame man who sat at the gate begging for alms. 3. They were filled with amazement. 4. The people with great wonder ran to Peter and John to the porch called Solomon’s. 5. Today, the Holy Spirit at certain times could give that power to God’s ministers to be used also according to the will of God. J. Verse 12 1. Peter told the people that it was because Christ is alive that he could do these things. 2. He asked these questions to the people: Why are you amazed? Do you think this is something we could do by our own power? K. Verse 13 1. Peter told the people that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had glorified His Son. 2. Probably the people only heard the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and not that God glorified His Son, Jesus. 3. Peter said to the people that it was this Jesus, God’s Son, whom they had delivered up and denied before Pilate who was going to let Him go. L. Verse 14 1. Peter went on to say to the people “but ye denied the Holy One”. 2. They desired a murderer to be released in Christ’s place. M. Verse 15 1. Peter went on to say further, you “killed the Prince of Life, whom God hath raised from the dead.” 2. Peter told them that they were witnesses to the raising up of the “Prince of Life”. N. Verse 16 1. The lame man through faith in the name of Jesus had made him strong. 2. Faith is a gift of God. 3. Faith has to be ignited by Jesus Christ. O. Verse 17 1. Peter told the people that he knew that they had done it in “ignorance.” 2. Their rulers also did it in ignorance. P. Verse 18 1. God showed by His prophets that Christ was to suffer. 2. It was fulfilled. 3. Peter told the people that if they were given knowledge of who Jesus was they would not have killed the Prince of Life. 4. Though they had done this in ignorance, it was no less sin.

Q. Verse 19 1. Peter told the people to repent and be converted that their sins be blotted out. 2. Do this while the times of refreshing come from the presence of the Lord.
R. Verse 20 – 21
1. Christ would restore what was lost. 2. God would send Jesus who was preached to them before. 3. The Book of Revelation calls Jesus the Lamb of God as well as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. 4. Restitution, refreshing, and making alive a dead spirit was spoken of by the holy prophets since the world began. 5. Christ comes back but in the first century future. 6. Peter takes the people way back and they now hear what they lost is restored.

S. Verse 22 – Verse 23 1. Moses told the fathers that God would raise up a Prophet – Christ- whom they were admonished to hear in all things. 2. Wherever there is destruction, there is salvation. 1. Where there is salvation, there is judgment. 2. There is salvation for His elect. 3. There is damnation for the reprobate. 4. The Old Covenant would not pass away until all things were fulfilled – 70 A.D. R. Verse 24 – Verse 26 1. The purpose of God through His prophet was to foretell of those days. 2. Peter rubber-stamped and validated the prophets. 3. Their prophecy was not for the prophets in their days but in times after Christ ascended. 4. Unto them and unto all God’s people, God raised up His Son Jesus to bless them and to turn away their inquities forever.

Acts 4: 1-22
II. Acts Chapter 4 A. Verse 1 1. Peter and John are in enemy territory when speaking these words as the Sadduces come upon them. 2. Peter and John exhibit their power as priests of the New Covenant. B. Verse 2 1. The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection of the dead. 2. The Greeks did not like it either when later Paul spoke of Christ to the Athenians who said that they would hear him “again of this matter”. C. Verse 3 – 4 1. The Sadduces arrested them and held them to the next day. 2. Yet, many people believed, about 5,000 men. D. Verses 5 – Verse 7 1. The rulers, elders, scribes and Annas, the high priest and Caiaphas and others of the same mind came together at Jerusalem to examine Peter and John. 2. They could admit that something took place by Peter and John, but they were not willing to accept that it was by Jesus Christ. 3. They asked them “by what power . . . they had done this?”

E. Verse 8 1. Peter filled with the Holy Spirit speaks to them. 2. He addresses them, “Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel.

F. Verse 9 – Verse 10 1. Peter addresses them that if they are to be examined by what means the impotent man was healed that it was by the means of whom they crucified. 2. It was by Jesus Christ that the man was made whole. G. Verse 11 – Verse 12 1. Peter explains it that this is the stone set at nought, indicting their pharisaical religion. 2. He declared that there is no salvation in any other name under heaven than Jesus. 3. This was a demonstration of the New Covenant Church before the world. 4. The pharisees wanted no power but theirs. H. Verse 13 1. They marveled of the boldness of Peter and John as they thought of them as unlearned and ignorant men. 2. These took knowledge of them that they had been with Jesus. I. Verse 14 – 15 1. They could say nothing against the preaching as the healed man stood before them. 2. They regarded the populace who witnessed the healing. 3. They conferred among themselves what to do.
J. Verse 16 – Verse 18 1. They questioned among themselves what to do with Peter and John. 2. They knew that the miracle was manifested to all them in Jerusalem. 3. Fearing it would spread, they threatened them not to speak in His name anymore. 4. Peter and John were told not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus. K. Verse 19 – Verse 20 1. Peter and John said to them whether it was right to hearken unto them more than to God. 2. Peter and John told them that they must speak what they have seen and heard. L. Verse 21 – Verse 22 1. They furthered threatened Peter and John but they found nothing that they could punish them for. 2. The man healed was forty or more years old who had been healed. 3. They could not punish Peter and John because they feared the people.
BIBLE STUDY NOTES, March 1,2017

ACTS 6 – 7

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. . . II Timothy 3:16
I. Acts Chapter 6: Introduction
A. All Scripture is given by God:
1. Acts was written prior to 70 A.D.
2. It was written by Luke.
B. Verse 1
1. The church multiplied greatly at that time
2. Jerusalem New Testament Church – Septugiant
3. Hebrews rejected the Septugiant view, and they held on to the Old Testament scriptures.
4. The Grecians were murmuring, because their widows were neglected in daily ministering.
5. Disciples were overlooking this.
C. Verse 2
1. Disciples did not feel that they should leave the Word of God to distribute the gifts brought in for the poor.
2. In other words, God called “us” to preach.
D. Verse 3
1. The disciples told the people to look among themselves to see who is worthy to do that – 7 men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom to oversee that business.
2. It was an important issue.
3. These men should be very attentive to what they were doing.
4. Hebrews were probably bringing in more than the Grecians and this could explain why they were being slighted.
5. An issue that the Holy Ghost thought necessary that this should be put in the scriptures.
6. There are issues in the fellowship to be handled very importantly.
E. Verse 4
– Disciples said they would give themselves to prayer as growth of church at that time was important. ?
F. Verse 5 – Verse 6
1. The saying pleased them, and they chose Stephen and others whom they laid their hands upon after praying.
2. People were coming into the church very quickly in Jerusalem.
3. It was not without notice that the “enemy” saw it.
G. Verse 7
– Shows the power of the New Testament Church converting some of the priests, but not all.
H. Verse 8
– Stephen stands out as servant of the Lord, full of faith; doing wonders among the people.
I. Verse 9
– Some rose up against them, disputing with Stephen.
J. Verse 10
1. They were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which Stephen spake.
2. They could not win the argument.
K. Verse 11
– The enemies had men lie and say that Stephen had spoken blasphemous words.
L. Verse 12 – Verse 13
1. They stirred up the people.
2. The elders and scribes came on him and set up false witnesses against him.
M. Verse 14
– Said he said that Jesus of Nazareth would destroy “this place” and change the customs of Moses (OT) ?
N. Verse 15
– They and the council stared at him and saw a face as an angel.

ACTS 7
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. . . II Timothy 3:16

II. Acts Chapter 7: Introduction
A. All Scripture is given by God:
1. Acts written prior to 70 A.D.
2. Written by Luke
B. Verse 1
– The high priest asked Stephen if these were true.
C. Verse 2 – Verse 3
– Stephen said that God appeared to Abraham and told him to leave the land, saying that Abraham was not by “blood” coming out of a strange land.
D. Verse 4- Verse 5
1. What Stephen is doing is giving them a new lesson of what they should know perfectly.
2. They did not like it.
E. Verse 6 – Verse 23
– Joseph goes over all their history, pointing or building up their resistance to come. ?
F. Verse 23 – Verse 25
1. Saying even the fathers did not understand what God was doing
2. They did not see nor have the will to accept what God had done.
G. Verse 25 – Verse 27
– They rejected the messenger of God and said the same thing about Christ. ?
H. Verse 28 – Verse 35
– Stephen is drawing viewpoint that Christ is the one God sent and made Him a Ruler and a Judge over us.
I. Verse 36 – Verse 39
1. When one is of a high mind, don’t want to hear ancestors were not ?
2. You think you have right from Abraham are the children who is breaking that line ?
3. They did not want to hear that.
J. Verse 39 – Verse 40
1. Ancestors said as they were out in the wilderness that they wanted Aaron to make them a golden calf. ?
2. Will only worship a God they can see. ?
K. Verse 41 – Verse 50
1. This was another turning point in the sermon.
2. Solomon built God a temple.
3. They were standing in the temple, yet God is not in temples made by hands.
4. This becomes hot and heavy.
L. Verse 51
1. Stephen did not spare any language, calling them “stiff-necked.”
2. One might talk to common man on street like this and get away with it, but not to the educated.
3. They were betrayers and murderers.
M. Verse 54 – Verse 56
1. They were cut to the heart
2. They spoke fast to drown out his speech or chattered their teeth at him. There are different ideas but produced same thing which was hatred for the truth.
3. Stephen did not shake in his boots, but looked to heaven and saw the glory of God.
4. This is the occasion of the first martyr of the New Testament.
5. Stephen saw Jesus.
6. Christ not moveable, steadfast.
7. Another demonstration that God is alive.
8. When tell people what one says, becomes blasphemy to them. ?
9. Son of Man standing on the right hand of God showed they have killed the Messiah.
10. This meant that their murder of Christ was not successful.
11. Indication of this strong presence of God ruling with power.
N. Verse 57
1. They stopped their ears.
2. Intellectuals losing it.
3. Threw away their own ? and rushed Stephen and cast him out of the city, charging him with blasphemy.
4. Being cast out of the city meant he was a blasphemer so they stoned him.
O. Verse 58
1. No gory details recorded.
2. Stoning was a horrible, slow death.
3. They wanted to kill him slowly.
4. Saul laid down clothes ? at Stephen’s feet ? (Later the apostle’s heart ?)
5. Probably this remembrance pricked Saul’s heart when meeting Christ at his conversion.
6. Stephen called upon God and he fell asleep, chosen to be a servant of the Church; but a powerful witness before the prominent ? who killed Christ and now killed the servant.