Our faith in God grows as we experience His grace, love, mercy and forgiveness. Our faith grows when we remember His acts both great and small. The book of Psalms talks about remembering.
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds. Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the people. Psalm 77:10-14
In Acts 7, a man named Stephen summarizes God’s acts for the children of Israel. This chapter quickly covers over 2,000 years of God’s working among this Jewish nation. It is great that Acts 7 summarizes many events in the Old Testament for us because when we remember them, they can become a foundation to show us how mighty and miraculous God is.
Bible Reading: Acts 7
Below Acts 7 is divided into sections with the corresponding account from the Old Testament, along with a link to our discussion lesson.
Acts 7:2-8 Abraham
2-5 Abram called to follow God & God’s promise ~ Genesis 12:1-9 | Have you ever made a promise?
6-8 Abraham’s obedience and faith ~ Genesis 15:1-6 | How would you like to be remembered?
Acts 7:9-19 Joseph | If you could change your past, would you?
9-10 Joseph sold by his brothers ~ Genesis 37:12-36; Joseph in charge of Egypt ~ Genesis 39-41
11-13 Joseph’s brothers come back to Egypt for grain ~ Genesis 42-45
14-16 Jacob, Joseph’s elderly father, moves all of his family to Egypt ~ Genesis 46
17-19 Israelites oppressed in Egypt ~ Exodus 1
Acts 7:20-36 Moses
20-29 Moses is born ~ Exodus 2
30-34 Moses & the burning bush ~ Exodus 3-4 | What’s in a name?
35 Who made you our judge? ~ Exodus 2:14
36 Wonders and miraculous signs: Plagues ~ Exodus 7:14-11:10; Passover ~ Exodus 12; Crossing the Red Sea to escape from Egypt ~ Exodus 14:5-31
Acts 7:37-41 Wandering in the Wilderness
37-38 The Ten Commandments ~ Exodus 20:1-17 | Ten Great Rules to Live By ~ if you could
39-41 The Golden Calf ~ Exodus 32
Acts 7:42-43 Israel’s idolatry & the Babylonian exile ~ Amos 5:25-27 | Have you ever been on a roller coaster ride?
Acts 7:44-50 David ~ II Samuel 7:5-16 | Music, a universal language
Acts 7:51-53 Israel’s repeated rejection of God’s plan, even killing the prophets and finally Jesus, the Son of God ~ John 19:1-37