One of the men chosen to meet the family's needs was Stephen. He was a good man, full of the Spirit and of wisdom. Unfortunately, those qualities got him into deep trouble with the law! False accusations and misrepresentations got him dragged to court in front of the Council (San Hedrin).
"Are these things true?" they demanded.
From there Stephen launched into a shared national history that proved two things: 1) Israel's leaders were always on the wrong side of following God, and 2) the physical presence of the tabernacle/temple had never kept Israel from abandoning God; and, it wasn't truly His "home."
As his conclusion unfolds we watch men so enraged that they commit murder--Stephen's murder. We can only stand in awe of the conviction and love that permeated and dominated his heart.