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History trial – Moses rejected | Acts 7:17-29

17 “But as the time of the promise drew near, which God had granted to Abraham, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt 18 until there arose over Egypt another king who did not know Joseph. 19 He dealt shrewdly with our race and forced our fathers to expose their infants, so that they would not be kept alive. 

20 At this time Moses was born; and he was beautiful in God’s sight. And he was brought up for three months in his father’s house, 21 and when he was exposed, Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son. 22 And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds.

23 “When he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brothers, the children of Israel. 24 And seeing one of them being wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking down the Egyptian. 25 He supposed that his brothers would understand that God was giving them salvation by his hand, but they did not understand. 

26 And on the following day he appeared to them as they were quarreling and tried to reconcile them, saying, ‘Men, you are brothers. Why do you wrong each other?’ 27 But the man who was wronging his neighbor thrust him aside, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? 28 Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’ 

29 At this retort Moses fled and became an exile in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons.

Acts 7:17-29 (ESV) 中文

Trial history lesson continues

At Stephen’s trial, he continues his abbreviated history of Israel. His emphasis is on God’s promises to be faithful to Israel. First was God’s call to Abraham in Ur in Mesopotamia and Abraham’s response, in faith, to go to Cannan. Then God’s promise to Abraham to bless him and make him a nation. After miraculously giving him a son which led to grandsons and the 12 patriarchs, God saved them in Egypt from a famine and said they’d be there 400 years.

Now Moses arrives on the scene to deliver them from slavery in Egypt – as the promised time approaches. Stephen summarizes Moses’ life – highlighting the salient points to support his “defense” in the trial.

Moses like Jesus

Like Joseph his ancestor, Moses was very much like Jesus. He was called by God to save the Jewish nation. The call was based on a promise. It happened at a specific time prophesied hundreds of years earlier. Moses was protected as a baby from death by a wicked ruler, as Jesus was (and in Egypt)! And, to the point of Stephen’s defense, he shows his accusers how, “you have rejected Jesus, who was like Moses yet greater than him, and you deny that Jesus has any right to be a ruler and a judge over you.” (enduringword.com)

RЯeflection

  • Another encouragement for you to read and understand the Old Testament. It is essential to a full understanding of who God is and how He interacts with His people (Jews and us). You can follow this blog for Genesis or use any other study tool.
  • As we read these historical accounts of specific people in the OT (Abrahan, Joseph, Moses) we can see how God prophesied the coming of Jesus for thousands of years. What a testimony of the authority and reliability of the Bible…and the amazing God of the Bible!
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