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Stephen’s Sermon

The high priest asked, “Are these accusations true?”

Stephen replied, “My fellow Jews and fathers, listen to me. The God of glory appeared[a] to our ancestor Abraham while he was living in Iraq[b] and before he moved to Haran[c] in Syria. God said to him, ‘Go! Leave behind your country and your relatives. Begin your journey and come to the land that I will show you.’[d]

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  1. Acts 7:2 The entire Hebrew family, and consequently the life of believers today, all began with a divine encounter as the God of glory appeared before Abraham. It is this same glory that calls people to faith in Christ. We, like Abraham, have been captured by the God of glory. See 2 Peter 1:3.
  2. Acts 7:2 Or “Mesopotamia,” or “the land between two rivers” (Euphrates and Tigris).
  3. Acts 7:2 This is the city to which Abraham migrated on his way to the promised land. Haran was also the son of Caleb who claimed a mountain. Haran means “mountain climber.”
  4. Acts 7:3 See Gen. 12:1.

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