Author: Ron Graham

Book of Acts

Acts 7:1-19
—Verse by verse

This page is a verse by verse study of Acts 7:1-19. These verses describe Stephen’s narrative of Israel’s history from Abraham to Moses. .

Acts 7

From Abraham to Moses —Stephen’s narrative

Verses 1-4

¶ "The high priest said, “Are these things so?” Stephen then spoke: Brothers and fathers, hear me. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran. God said to Abraham, “Get out of your land, and leave your kindred, and come into a land which I will show you.” Then Abraham went out of the land of the Chaldeans, and lived in Haran. Later, when Abraham’s father was dead, God moved Abraham out of there and into this land here, the very land where you now dwell." (Acts 7:1-4).

Story of Abraham

The faith and hope of Abraham, stood on two immutable things —the promise about Christ and the oath that confirmed it.  The Times of Israel series on looks at the sojourns and adventures of Abraham (Genesis 12-22).

Verses 5-7

¶ "God gave Abraham no inheritance in this land at that time —not so much as a foot to call his own. However God promised that this land would eventually belong to Abraham and his descendants, even though Abraham at that time had no child. God told Abraham that his descendants would live as aliens in a foreign land, and be enslaved and mistreated for four hundred years. God said, “I will judge the nation to which they will be in bondage, and after that they'll leave there and come to serve me here in this place.” " (Acts 7:5-7).

Verse 8

¶ "God gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision. So Abraham became the father of Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day. Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of the twelve fathers." (Acts 7:8).

Verses 9-13

¶ "The fathers, moved by jealousy against Joseph, sold him into Egypt as a slave; but God was with him. God saved Joseph from all his afflictions, and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt. Pharaoh made Joseph governor over Egypt and all Pharaoh’s house. Then a famine came over all the land of Egypt and Canaan, causing great affliction. Our fathers found no food. Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, so he sent our fathers there for the first time. When they went the second time Joseph was recognized by his brothers, and Joseph’s origins were revealed to Pharaoh." (Acts 7:9-13).

Story of Joseph

Behind Joseph's story is the faith that he showed in God by his determination to do what was right. Joseph may have found this a most difficult course at times. Joseph certainly experienced many ups and downs. But he always clung to the promises and commandments of God.  The Times of Israel series on looks at the adventures of Joseph (Genesis 37-50).

Verses 14-16

¶ "Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his whole family, seventy-five souls, to come and live in Egypt. So Jacob moved down into Egypt, and lived there till he died, as did our fathers. Their remains were brought back to Shechem, and laid in the tomb that Abraham, for a price in silver, purchased from the children of Hamor in Shechem." (Acts 7:14-16).

Verses 17-19

¶ "As the time of the promise drew near, the promise that God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt. A new Pharaoh arose in Egypt, who knew nothing of Joseph. The new king took advantage of our people, and mistreated our fathers. He even forced them to throw out their babies to die. At that time Moses was born..." (Acts 7:17-19).

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