The death of Stephen Pt3

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The chief priests and the rulers were enraged as the plain, cutting truths were spoken; and
they rushed upon Stephen. The light of heaven shone upon him, and as he looked up steadfastly
into heaven, a vision of God's glory was given him, and angels hovered around him. He cried out,
Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. The
people would not hear him. They cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon
him with one accord, and cast him out of the city, and stoned him. And Stephen kneeled down, and
cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.

I saw that Stephen was a mighty man of God, especially raised up to fill an important place
in the church. Satan exulted as he was stoned to death; for he knew that the disciples would greatly
feel his loss. But Satan's triumph was short; for there was one standing in that company, witnessing
the death of Stephen, to whom Jesus was to reveal himself. Although he took no part in casting the
stones at Stephen, yet he consented to his death. Saul was zealous in persecuting the church of God,
hunting them, seizing them in their houses, and delivering them to those who would slay them.
Satan was using Saul effectually. But God can break the Devil's power, and set free those who are
led captive by him. Saul was a learned man, and Satan was triumphantly employing his talents to
help carry out his rebellion against the Son of God, and those who believed in him. But Jesus
selected Saul as a chosen vessel to preach his name, to strengthen the disciples in their work, and
more than fill the place of Stephen. Saul was greatly esteemed by the Jews. His zeal and his
learning pleased them, and terrified many of the disciples.
See Acts chap.6&7
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