Jun 26, 2017
Stephen recounts the building of the “tent of witness” or the tabernacle. This tent was brought by Joshua into the land promised to Abraham. David wanted to establish a dwelling place for God, but it would be Solomon who oversaw the erection of the temple in Jerusalem. However, Stephen points out, God does not dwell in a house made by hands, as the prophet Amos testified. Stephen now castigates the religious elders and refers to them as “stiff-necked” and “uncircumcised” and who resist the Holy Spirit. He asks which of God’s prophets they did not reject and kill. Then he finally accuses them of killing the Righteous One, a messianic term, and he obviously means that this is Jesus whom they had betrayed and murdered.