Scripture: Acts 7:60 “And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’ And when he had said this he fell asleep.”
Observations: Exodus was all about the Priestly garments and the consecration of the priests. The garments sound absolutely gorgeous, but the consecration ceremony always leaves me a bit grossed out. I often wonder why God had them go through all those steps. I understand the importance of blood, but they had just been washed and then they were putting blood on them. I have often wondered if the real purpose of the sacrifice was to see if they would follow directions. In Acts, the people turned against Stephen.
Application: I would like to be as Christ-like as Stephen. They chose him to wait tables (a humble job) because he was full of faith and of the Holy Spirit. What a testimony! What a witness! Then, when falsely accused, he defended himself using Biblical truth! Even though he was brutally treated, he, like Jesus, had one thing on his mind…the offenders. He didn’t want revenge. He wasn’t even angry. He simply prayed for them! That is a lesson for all of us.
Prayer: Lord, God in heaven, we come humbly before you, and bow our hearts in prayer. Father, God, almighty, powerful, stronghold, we that you for the opportunity to pray and have our prayers heard. I experienced a quick response to prayer just this evening. Lord, teach us to pray for our enemies. Teach us to forgive, and take the high road as Jesus did when he was brutally beaten and hung on a cross to die. Help us to be more and more Christ-like. Teach us to pray. Amen.
Tomorrow’s Reading: Exodus 30-32; Acts 8