Stephen Accused of Blasphemy

And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia), disputing with Stephen. 10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke. 11 Then they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.” 12 And they stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes; and they came upon him, seized him, and brought him to the council. 13 They also set up false witnesses who said, “This man does not cease to speak blasphemous words against this holy place and the law; 14 for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs which Moses delivered to us.” 15 And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an angel. — Acts 6:8-15.

Stephen, one of the seven deacons (deacon means servant), being full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and miraculous signs among the people. His opponents were men from the so-called Synagogue of the Freedmen who were Cyrenians, Alexandrians, Cilicians, and from the province of Asia. They dispute with him, but are unable to resist his wisdom because the Holy Spirit enables him to speak the right things.

The opponents of Stephen secretly induce false witnesses to say that he is guilty of blasphemy, and they stir up malicious opposition against him at every level. He is brought before the Council. False witnesses are produced to say that he is against the Jewish faith.

All the council members look intently at Stephen. His face is like that of an angel because God is with him.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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