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October 12 - Evening

Stephen said to the Sanhedrin:

“ 'You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are
still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit!
Was there ever a prophet your ancestors
did not persecute? 
They even killed those who predicted the
coming of the Righteous One.
And now you have betrayed and murdered him—
you who have received the law that was given
through angels but have not obeyed it.'

When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him."
- Acts 7:51-54

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The Stoning of Stephen    

The apostles were brought on trial before the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem several times for teaching
in the name of Jesus on the Temple Mount, and also, for healing in the name of Jesus. Stephen,
one of the men assigned by the church to help distribute the meals to people, began debating with some of the Jews concerning Jesus and his claim to be the Messiah. The Jews accused Stephen
of speaking against Moses and God and for saying Jesus would tear down the Temple and change the customs of Moses.

When Stephen is brought before the Sanhedrin he gives an overview of the Old Testament
beginning with Abraham. As Stephen tells the story he points out that the Jewish people always resisted the Lord every step of the way and he quotes Amos 5:25-27 as his text verse. Concerning the Temple, Stephen quotes from Isaiah where God himself says, “Heaven is my throne, and the
earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me?”

The Jews listened to all of this until Stephen came to this part of his speech:

'You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him!”

When they heard this the Sanhedrin erupted into violence and stoned Stephen outside the city
in the Kidron Valley.

  Christian Quote from Church History

" No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means."
- George Bernard Shaw


Something to Ponder??
It is interesting to notice that the Bible is not written to skeptics. Scripture does not try to defend miracles, but unashamedly begins by saying, “In the beginning God created…”, and it never stops to defend this assumption.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Hupsos (Gr) -  Height (Eng) - the Greek word hupsos  means "summit," or "top."
Hupsos is combined with ex (or, ek) to create the
phrase ex hupsos which is translated, "on high."

  The story that Voltaire's house is used for printing and distributing Bibles is NOT true. (See details HERE.)
It is impossible at this point
to even find a source that documents the alledged
quote by Voltaire:
"The Bible will be nothing more than a museum piece within 100 years."
Besides, Voltaire was not an Atheist, but a Deist like Thomas Jefferson.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I resist the truth? Or, do I present the truth?
I will try to have an open mind to the truth in scripture and not resist the Holy Spirit.
  "There is deceit in the hearts of those who plot evil, but joy for those who promote peace." - Proverbs 12:20
Bible Reading Program Details
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Acts 12 Matthew 11:20-30
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Parents Confront liberalism Economy Russia - spiralling health issues crisis
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Ceiling of Hezekiah's Tunnel
Alexander's march from Greece to Babylon and
further into the eastern lands.

Ceiling of Hezekiah's Tunnel - The pick marks of Hezekiah’s workers are still visible on the rock walls and ceiling of this 1,750 foot tunnel.

Hezekiah’s Tunnel was cut through bedrock in 701 BC under the City of David, curving and weaving for 1750 feet. If the same tunnel were cut in a straight line, it would be 40% shorter at only 1070 feet. This tunnel was designed and cut to bring water from the Gihon Springs in the Kidron Valley located on the east sideof the Eastern Hill outside the city’s walls, through the bedrock of the Eastern Hill to the west side, where Hezekiah’s city of Jerusalem was expanding and protected by the new Broad Wall.

After all that Hezekiah had so faithfully done, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah. He laid siege to the fortified cities, thinking to conquer them for himself. When Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come and that he intended to make war on Jerusalem, he consulted with his officials and military staff about blocking off the water from the springs outside the city, and they helped him. A large force of men assembled, and they blocked all the springs and the stream that flowed through the land. ‘Why should the kings of Assyria come and find plenty of water?’ they said.  Then he worked hard repairing all the broken sections of the wall and building towers on it. He built another wall outside that one and reinforced the supporting terraces (Millo) of the City of David. He also made large numbers of weapons and shields. . . It was Hezekiah who blocked the upper outlet of the Gihon spring and channeled the water down to the west side of the City of David. He succeeded in everything he undertook. 
- 2 Chronicles 32:1-5, 30

As for the other events of Hezekiah’s reign, all his achievements and how he made the pool and the tunnel by which he brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah?
- 2 Kings 20:20

The tunnel ceiling is only 5 feet high at the entrance, but reaches 16 feet toward the end, near the Pool of Siloam. The water is generally knee deep at the beginning but only to mid calf throughout the rest of the tunnel. At times the water in the tunnel can be chest deep, depending on the circumstances. The water naturally flows from the Gihon Springs to the Pool of Siloam because the tunnel was cut using a 12 inch (0.6‰) gradient altitude difference between each end of the 1,750 foot tunnel.

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