Author: Ron Graham

Book of Acts

Acts 7:20-41
—Verse by verse

This page is a verse by verse study of Acts 7:20-41. These verses describe Stephen’s narrative of Israel’s history during the time of Moses..

The Story of Moses —Stephen’s narrative

Acts 7:20-41

¶“20Moses was born at this time and to God he was beautiful. For the first three months of his life, Moses was nourished in his father’s house. 21When he was thrown out, Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him and reared him as her own son. 22Moses was taught in all the wisdom of the Egyptians. He became mighty in his words and deeds.” (Acts 7:20-22).

¶“23When Moses was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brothers, the children of Israel. 24Seeing one of the Israelites suffer wrong, Moses defended him, and avenged him by striking the Egyptian who was opressing him. 25Moses assumed that his brothers understood that God was giving them deliverance through him; but they didn’t understand.” (Acts 7:23-25).

¶“26The next day Moses came upon his brothers as they were fighting each other. Moses urged them to reconcile and be at peace. Moses said, 'Men, you are brothers. Why do you wrong one another?' 27But the one who was mistreating his neighbor pushed Moses away and said, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? 28Do you want to kill me, like you killed the Egyptian yesterday?' 29When Moses heard that, he fled, and became a stranger in the land of Midian. There he became the father of two sons.” (Acts 7:26-29).

¶“30Another forty years passed by. One day, in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, an angel of the Lord appeared to Moses, in a flame of fire in a thorn bush. 31Moses wondered at the sight. As he came close to see, 32the Lord’s voice came to him: 'I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' Moses trembled, and dared not look anymore. 33The Lord said to him, 'Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground. 34I have surely seen the affliction of my people in Egypt, and have heard their groaning. I have come down to deliver them. Now come, I will send you into Egypt.' (Acts 7:30-34).

¶“35This Moses, rejected by his brothers when they said, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge?', is the very one God sent as both a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush. 36This man Moses led the Israelites out of captivity, and during forty years worked wonders and signs in Egypt, in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness. 35This same Moses said to the children of Israel, 'The Lord our God will raise up a prophet for you from among your brothers, a prophet like me. You shall listen to him.' ” (Acts 7:35-37).

¶“38This is the same Moses who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel that spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers. He received living oracles to give to us. 39But our fathers wouldn't obey him, but instead rejected him, and in their hearts turned back to Egypt, 40demanding of Aaron, 'Make us gods who will go before us. As for this Moses, who led us out of the land of Egypt, we don't know what has become of him.' 41They made a calf idol in those days, and brought a sacrifice to it, and rejoiced in the works of their hands.” (Acts 7:38-41).

1 Moses’s First 40 Years

Verses 20-22

¶ "Moses was born at this time and to God he was beautiful. For the first three months of his life, Moses was nourished in his father’s house. When he was thrown out, Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him and reared him as her own son. Moses was taught in all the wisdom of the Egyptians. He was mighty in his words and deeds." (Acts 7:20-22).

2 Moses’s Second 40 Years

Verses 23-25

¶ "When Moses was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brothers, the children of Israel. Seeing one of the Israelites suffer wrong, Moses defended him, and avenged him by striking the Egyptian who was opressing him. Moses assumed that his brothers understood that God was giving them deliverance through him; but they didn’t understand." (Acts 7:23-25).

Verses 26-29

¶ "The next day Moses came upon his brothers as they were fighting each other. Moses urged them to reconcile and be at peace. Moses said, “Men, you are brothers. Why do you wrong one another?” But the one who was mistreating his neighbor pushed Moses away and said, “Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? Do you want to kill me, like you killed the Egyptian yesterday?” When Moses heard that, he fled, and became a stranger in the land of Midian. There he became the father of two sons." (Acts 7:26-29).

3 Moses’s Third 40 Years

Verses 30-34

¶ "Forty years passed by. One day, in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, an angel of the Lord appeared to Moses, in a flame of fire in a thorn bush. Moses wondered at the sight. As he came close to see, the Lord’s voice came to him: “I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Moses trembled, and dared not look anymore. The Lord said to him, “Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground. I have surely seen the affliction of my people in Egypt, and have heard their groaning. I have come down to deliver them. Now come, I will send you into Egypt.”" (Acts 7:30-34).

Verses 35-37

¶ "This Moses, rejected by his brothers when they said, “Who made you a ruler and a judge?”, is the very one God sent as both a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush. This man Moses led the Israelites out of captivity, and during forty years worked wonders and signs in Egypt, in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness. This same Moses said to the children of Israel, “The Lord our God will raise up a prophet for you from among your brothers, a prophet like me. You shall listen to him.” " (Acts 7:35-37).

Verses 38-41

¶ "This is the same Moses who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel that spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers. He received living oracles to give to us. But our fathers wouldn't obey him, but instead rejected him, and in their hearts turned back to Egypt, demanding of Aaron, “Make us gods who will go before us. As for this Moses, who led us out of the land of Egypt, we don't know what has become of him.” They made a calf idol in those days, and brought a sacrifice to it, and rejoiced in the works of their hands." (Acts 7:38-41).

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