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Acts 7b: Stephen's murder leads to persecution on Probing the Prophets with Rod

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Stephen concluded his "defense" by accusing his accusers of: hard heartedness, closed ears and resisting the Holy Spirit. They were guilty of imitating their fathers. Just like the fathers had persecuted and killed the prophets (who promised Jesus), now they had murdered the One whom those prophets promised and they were persecuting the followers of their Messiah. He further accused them of trampling on the very word they embraced as "heaven-sent."

With an intensity of rage that can never be found in a godly man they assailed Stephen, dragged him out of the city and bludgeoned him to death with heavy stones. Saul watched.

This murder was like punching a hole in a dam. All the pent up rage and fury at this new "movement" came out in a torrent, sweeping away lives and property. God's people suffered great loss: families were torn apart and survivors were scattered from home, property and loved ones.

If God truly loves His people, how could He let this happen?

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