Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Paul and Stephen

Acts 7:60 -- Then Stephen kneeled down and cried with a loud voice, "Lord, do not charge them with this sin." And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

I'd never noticed until yesterday that the Synagogue of the Freedmen (the ones who rose up against Stephen and turned him in to the Sanhedrin) included men from Cilicia. Paul was from Cilicia. Paul was there at Stephen's stoning. Paul heard Stephen's sermon.

Stephen prayed for his murderers. And for at least one of those men, God abundantly answered the Stephen's prayer, not only forgiving Paul, but even using him as the instrument to bring the Gospel to millions of other people.

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