In chapter 6 we read of a new problem within the assembly. In chapter 5 it was deceit in the hearts of Ananias and Sapphira; while here it is complaining among the ranks of the believers. Chapter 7 contains the longest single speech in the Book of Acts, and perhaps the most important. This chapter is the turning point in Israel's history, for it records their third murder, and their final rejection of the Kingdom. In his address before the council, Stephen reviews the history of Israel and points out that the nation has always rejected God's chosen leaders when they first appeared, but received them the second time. Both Moses and Joseph were rejected by their brethren the first time, but were accepted the second. This is the very way Israel treated Christ. He was presented to them on earth by John the Baptist and the apostles, but they refused Him. Israel will receive Christ when He appears the second time.
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