Acts Chapter 6
5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:
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Acts Chapter 6 Bible commentary...
The appointment of deacons. (1-7) Stephen falsely accused of blasphemy. (8-15)1-7 Hitherto the disciples had been of one accord; this often had been noticed to their honour; but now they were multiplied, they began to murmur. The word of God was enough to take up all the thoughts, cares, and time of the apostles. The persons chosen to serve tables must be duly qualified. They must be filled with gifts and graces of the Holy Ghost, necessary to rightly managing this trust; men of truth, and hating covetousness. All who are employed in the service of the church, ought to be commended to the Divine grace by the prayers of the church. They blessed them in the name of the Lord. The word and grace of God are greatly magnified, when those are wrought upon by it, who were least likely.
8-15 When they could not answer Stephen's arguments as a disputant, they prosecuted him as a criminal, and brought false witnesses against him. And it is next to a miracle of providence, that no greater number of religious persons have been murdered in the world, by the way of perjury and pretence of law, when so many thousands hate them, who make no conscience of false oaths. Wisdom and holiness make a man's face to shine, yet will not secure men from being treated badly. What shall we say of man, a rational being, yet attempting to uphold a religious system by false witness and murder! And this has been done in numberless instances. But the blame rests not so much upon the understanding, as upon the heart of a fallen creature, which is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Yet the servant of the Lord, possessing a clear conscience, cheerful hope, and Divine consolations, may smile in the midst of danger and death.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Insight 777's Acts Chapter 6 comment on 3/25/2015, 11:56am...
Verse 2, the tables may not be distribution of food but instead represent distribution of money to supply the needs of the public. Spiritual needs and physical financial needs are not the same. The church is not a bank, nor should the church define financial laws. The 7 men may symbolically represent financial intermediaries that are honest, highly regulated, so that distribution of assets are equal for people of all stations in life. Truth and honesty must be a requirement for banking transactions. The poor should not be shut out as lending activities are usually dependent on the strengths and needs of the financial customers. The poor, as the sample of widows having difficulty supporting themselves, should be given the same consideration as the rich. The banking laws should be the same for all. The rich should not be given lower rates than the poor. Or perhaps these 7 may represent not for profit institutions where the needs of the poor are supplied separate from the church.
Samson Emmanuel's Acts Chapter 6 comment on 10/25/2014, 1:10am...
Stephen is the model christain should follow today to keep the word of God always firm in the society where they live.
Stephen's Acts Chapter 6 comment on 8/30/2014, 6:36am...
I think we need to master the whole book of Acts of the Apostles, and stop trying to be God. We are no match for the god of this world, with out the true God and His Son Jesus Christ. Wake up Christians!
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