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Parallels Acts 5:12 – 8:3 By Matthew Tercek
Acts “…but they could not withstand the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke.” (6:10) “they presented false witnesses who testified,… For we have heard him claim that this Jesus the Nazorean will destroy this place…” (6:13-14) “…his face was like the face of an angel.” (6:15) Parallels Luke 21:15 Matt 26:59-61, Mark 14:58, John 2:19 Exod 34:29-30 Accusations against Stephen
Acts “…and said to him, ‘Go forth from your land and (from) your kinsfolk to the land that I will show you.’ ” (7:3) “…but I will bring judgment on the nation they serve,…” (7:7) “And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into slavery in Egypt…” (7:9) “…until another king who knew nothing of Joseph came to power (in Egypt).” (7:18) Parallels Gen 12:1 Gen 15:13-14 Gen 37:28 Exod 1:8-11 Stephen’s DiscoursesSummary of the history of Israel
Acts “It was this Moses who said to the Israelites, God will raise up for you, from among your own kinsfolk, a prophet like me.” (7:37) “Our ancestors were unwilling to obey him; instead, they pushed him aside and in their hearts turned back to Egypt…” (7:39) “…Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings for forty years in the desert, O house of Israel?…” (7:42b) “But Solomon built a house for him.” (7:47) “the heavens are my throne, the earth is my footstool…” (7:49a) Parallels Deut 18:15 Num 14:3-4 Amos 5:25 1 Kings 8:20 Isaiah 66:1 Stephen’s Discourses (cont.)
Acts 7:51-53 “But he, filled with the Spirit, looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God…” (7:55) “As they were stoning Stephen, he called out, ”Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”” (7:59) “Then he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this in against them”; and when he said this, he fell asleep.” (7:60) Parallels Matt 23:29-32 Luke 22:69, Mark 14:62, Matt 26:64 Luke 23:46, Ps 31:6 Luke 23:34 Conclusion and Martyrdom