ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

 

 

 

CHAPTER 7 - Pages 1061 - 1063

 

BACKGROUND:  Stephen reviews history of the Jews to try to prove Jesus is the Savior, the King, that was prophesied through Jewish prophets all those centuries.   This is an excellent quick survey of Jewish history as found in the Old Testament.

 

DAY ONE:

 

VERSE 2         Abraham's early life was where?  _______________________________________ 

 

                        He lived in the city of Ur.  Ruins of Ur have been located near where the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers join before entering the Persian Golf.  Genesis 2:14 (pg. 2) says this meeting place of rivers was where the Garden of Eden was. 

 

VERSE 3         God told Abraham to ______________________ his country and ____________________, and go to a land God would show him.  (Remember, there were no maps in those days.)

 

VERSE 4         So Abraham left the land of the _________________________.  This land was later known as Babylon.  Today it is known as Iran.

 

            b.         Abraham settled in ___________________________.  Genesis 11:28 (pg. 10) says Abraham's brother who had died earlier was Haran. 

 

                        Perhaps this is a city his brother had founded.  It was located in the SE corner of Turkey not far from Mt. Ararat where Noah's ark landed eight generations earlier.

 

            c.         After Abraham's father's death, he moved to "the land where __________________ are ___________________________________ __________________________.  What land was that?  ____________________________________

 

VERSE 5         Abraham never owned land here, but God promised him his ____________________________ would, even though at the time Abraham did not have _____________________________.

 

VERSE 6-7      God predicted Abraham's descendants would go to a country _______________ theirs and be _________________ and ________________________ for ______________________ years.  But God would later punish that country for treating God's people bad.

 

                        This prediction was made when Abraham was 85 years old.  Abraham died when he was 175 when he died.  Ten years later (100 years after the prediction), his descendants entered Egypt where they were treated well as long as Abraham's great grandson, Joseph, was prime minister there.  But when he died, the Egyptians made the Jews slaves.  This would have occurred perhaps 150 years after the prediction.

 

VERSE 8         Abraham's son was _______________________________.  Abraham's grandson was ________________________ whose name was later changed to Israel.  Israel had __________ sons who became the patriarchs of the Jewish nation.

 

VS. 9-10          Abraham's great grand-son Joseph was sold as a _________________ to Egypt, but later was made ______________ of Egypt by __________________________. 

 

VS. 11-16        During a famine, Joseph's brothers went to Egypt to get ____________________.  After their reunion and forgiveness, Joseph sent for his father __________________________ to move there.  Including his brother's families, how many (the original Jewish nation) moved to Egypt?  ____________________________

 

VS. 17-20        After Joseph died, the following kings dealt more and more _____________________________________ with the Jews.  (This lasted about 150 years)

 

            b.         Eventually, fearing their growing population, the Egyptians even killed their ______________________.  During this time, __________________________ was born.

 

 

DAY TWO:

 

VS. 21-22        Moses was adopted by ________________________ _____________________ and educated with the _______________________

 

VS. 23-25        When Moses was ____________ years old, he killed an _____________________ for mistreating a _____________.  He thought the Jews would understand he was trying to _________________ them.

 

VS. 26-28        Instead, the Jews didn't trust him and thought he'd want to _____________ them too.

 

VERSES 29     When Moses realized it was known he'd killed an _____________________, he went into exile in _______________.  This country was in today's Arabia.

 

            b.         While there, Moses married and had _______________ sons.

 

VS. 30-33        After another ______________ years, God spoke to Moses out of a _________________ bush near Mount ______________________.  (Later at that same mountain, God would give Moses the Ten Commandments - Exodus 19:18 and chapter 20, pg. 73)

 

                        So, 150 years from promise to Abraham until death of Joseph.  Another 200 years of slavery.  Another 40 years for Moses to grow up.  Another 40 years for Moses to live in and learn the wilderness he will lead the Jews through some day.  Now, the 400 years predicted to Abraham is up.

 

VERSE 34       God had _________________________ the oppression all along.  God had ____________________ their groanings all along.  Now God was ready.   

 

                        Exodus 12:37 (pg. 66) said there were now 600,000 Jewish men at this time.  Doubling this for wives would be 1,200,000.  Multiplying 4 children per couple would give over 4,000,000 Jews by this time.

 

                        THOUGHT QUESTION:  God had heard their prayers all along.  But they were strong enough yet.  Many died believing their prayers had not been answered.  They were answered in a much better way generations later.  Are you praying for something we don't think God is answering? 

 

VERSE 35       But Moses objected saying his people had _____________________ him.  God insisted.

 

VERSE 36       But these people had minds of slaves.  God had to have time to teach them to think for themselves and stand up for right.  So God gave the Jews time to develop a new generation.  This lasted for _______________ years.

 

VS. 37-38        Moses predicted to the Jews, "God will send you a ____________________ like me" (Deuteronomy 18:18-19, pg. 189). 

 

                        Just as Moses had officially started the new nation of the Jews, giving it the commandments to go by, there would some day be a prophet who would start the new nation of God.

 

                        After Jesus raised from the dead, he explained all this, "beginning with Moses and all the Prophets...concerning himself" (Luke 24:27, pg. 1025).

 

VS. 39-41        This first generation who left Egypt was still too influenced by Egypt.  They actually told Aaron, Moses' brother to ___________________ ____________________ to lead them.  So they made an idol that looked like a

                        ________________________________.

 

 

DAY THREE:

 

VS. 42-43        From then on, the Jews never completely quit worshipping idols.  Finally, centuries later, God sent them into ______________________ in ________________________.

 

VERSE 44       Under Moses' direction, the ________________________ was made according to God's pattern.  These minute directions are found in Exodus 35-40 (pg. 89).  It was a large tent.  Its contents were overlaid with sheets of pure gold.  They worshipped in this tent structure until the time of David (see v. 45).

 

VERSE 45       It was General _______________________ who finally led the Jews into the Promised Land, taking it from the nations God ____________________ ________________________.

 

                        NOTE:  Wasn't it cruel for God to have the Jews kill all those people and take their land from them? 

 

                        A second reason God waited 400 years to give the land to Abraham's descendants was because "the sins of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure" (Genesis 15:16, pg. 13).  Further, God through Moses said that, just as God drove the inhabitants before the Jews out of the land because of their sins, God will drive out the Jews from the same land if they commit the same sins (Leviticus 18:24-28, pg. 115).  The sins were idol worship (paganism) and sexual immorality.

 

                        THOUGHT QUESTION:  Do you think our nation is headed in that direction today?

 

VS. 46-50        David's son, King ______________________, replaced the tent place of worship, the Tabernacle, with a building place of worship, the Temple.

 

            b.         With all our beautiful church buildings today, does God actually dwell in them? _______________

 

            c.         If the building is not where God dwells, where does he dwell?  (See Ephesians 1:22-23, pg. 1133, and 2:20-22, pg. 1134.) ______________

           

VS. 51-52        Finally Stephen recalls all the Jews through the centuries who __________________________ and

                        _____________________________ the Old Testament ______________________ for teaching truth. 

 

            b.         Then he said, "_________________ have betrayed and murdered" the righteous One predicted by those prophets.

 

VERSE 53       Last, he calls them hypocrites because they __________________ the Law, and taught it, but in reality never _________________________ it.

 

VERSE 54       The furious Sanhedrin ___________________________ their teeth; that is, they became more stubborn, possibly the blood vessels throbbed in their neck, and their fists were clinched in defiance.

 

VS. 55-57        Stephen probably knew he was about to become the first Christian martyr.  He had to be brave.  Since the New Testament was not written yet and he did not have that to call to memory in difficult times, what did God do to encourage him?  __________________________________

 

            b.         Colossians 3:1 (pg. 1144) says Jesus is ________________________ at the right hand of God.  But, watching the courage of Stephen, Jesus in heaven did what?  ______________________________

 

 

DAY FOUR:

 

VERSE 58       An inconspicuous young man who held everyone's coats so they could __________________________________ Stephen was named __________________________________.  He later became the Apostle Paul.

 

                        THOUGHT QUESTION:  Does that give you hope for friends or relatives who are right now defying God?

 

VERSE 59       As they began stoning him, Stephen prayed the same thing Jesus had said on the cross.  Look up Luke 23:46.  What did they both say?  _______________________________________________________

 

VERSE 60       Just before he died, he said one more thing Jesus had said on the cross.  Look up Luke 23:44.  What did they both say? ____________________ _____________________________________________________________

 

 

CHAPTER 8 - Pages 1063 - 1065

 

VERSE 1-2      Saul approved of Stephen's what?  _________________________________________

 

            b.         On that day a great _________________________________ broke out against the church.  Christian scattered.  Only the _____________ stayed in Jerusalem.

 

VERSE 3         Determined to completely _______________________ the church was the young man, _______________, who went _____________________ to ________________________________ dragging off men and ________________________ and putting them in ________________________.

 

VERSE 4-5      Philip, one of the Christians who fled Jerusalem, was one of the original what in the church?  (See  Acts 6:5)  ____________________________________________

 

            b.         Noticed, Philip proclaimed THE Christ.  According to John 1:41 (pg. 1028), Christ was a title meaning what? ____________________________ 

 

                        According to Daniel 9:25 (pg. 867), Messiah means Prince or anointed one.  What other titles does the Messiah wear?  Isaiah 9:6 (pg. 671) says he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 

VERSE 6-8      Philip had the power to perform miracles for the same reason Stephen did.  What was it?  (See Acts 6:6) ____________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________

 

                        2 Corinthians 12:12, pg. 1126, said the mark of an apostle included ______________________________________.

 

                        In Romans 1:11 (pg. 1090) Paul said he longed to visit the Roman Christians so he could impart some

                        __________________________________ __________________________.

 

 

DAY FIVE:

 

VERSE 9-11    Simon was a ___________________________________ who practiced ___________________________________.

 

VS. 12-13        Many people of Samaria as well as Simon ____________________________ and were ______________________.

 

VS. 14-17        Some time later, perhaps months, when the Apostles in Jerusalem heard the Samaritans were converted, who was sent to them?  ____________________________________________________________

 

            b.         In Matthew 28:19, pg. 967,  Jesus commanded that people be baptized in the name of the ______________________, the ________________, and the _________________ _______________________.

           

                        Peter himself had said in the first gospel sermon that upon baptism, they would receive the gift of the __________________________________ __________________________________ (Acts 2:38).

 

            c.         But these people hadn't understood that, and had omitted being baptized in the name of the __________________________________ _____________________________________.

 

            d.         So when the apostles learned that, rather than have them be baptized again, they laid their ___________________ on them and they received the Holy Spirit.

 

VS. 18-25        Although verse 13 specified that Simon truly believed and was baptized, when he tried in buy the power the apostles had to give the _______________________________ ______________________________________, Peter said his attitude was going to cause him and his money to do what?  ____________________________________________

 

                        Notice, only the apostles had the power to give the Holy Spirit separate from baptism. 

 

            b.         Peter told Simon his heart was captive to sin.  The original Greek word for captive and sometimes translated bondage is "desmos."  This same Greek word is used in Jude 6 (pg. 1189) describing how the angels who fell from heaven are bound. 

           

            c.         Although Simon was perishing, Peter told him all he had to do was _______________________ to receive God's ___________________.  He did not have to be baptized all over again.

                       

VS. 26-27        Then Philip moved on to teach elsewhere.  On the road, he met a ___________________________ from Ethiopia (Africa). 

 

            b.         THOUGHT QUESTION:  Eunuchs could not have children, sometimes naturally and sometimes because they had been castrated.  But Isaiah 56:3b-5 (pg. 719) says their name given at the time of their salvation will be better than having sons and daughters, for their God-given name will last forever.  Do you know anyone who cannot have children who might be in some way encouraged with this passage in the Old Testament?

 

            c.         What position of authority did this man hold under Candace, Queen of Ethiopia?  __________________________

 

            d.         We may conclude he had been converted to Judaism because he'd just come from ___________________________ where he'd been ___________________________________.

 

 

DAY SIX:

 

VS. 28-31        Sitting in his chariot resting, he was reading what Old Testament book?  __________________________

 

            b.         Because the New Testament had not been written yet explaining how the Old Testament had been fulfilled in Jesus Christ, this man did not understand the prophet Isaiah unless someone _______________________________ to him.

 

            c.         Romans 10:1-2 (pg. 1098) says people are not saved if they have zeal for God but it is not based on what?  _________________________

 

            d.         Romans 10:9 & 17 say we must believe to be saved, and belief comes from __________________ (or reading) the ___________________________ of ____________________________.

 

VS. 32-35        The eunuch was reading the Old Testament, Isaiah 53:7-8 (pg. 717), he was led like a sheep to the

                        _______________________________________.

 

                        John 1:29 (pg. 1028) says, "Behold, the ________________________ of God who takes away the ______________ of the world.

 

                        Mark 14:61 (pg. 986) says at Jesus' trail he remained ____________________________.

 

                        NOTE:  Back in Isaiah 53, verse 5, it predicts this lamb will be pierced for our sins.  There are many prophecies in Isaiah about Jesus, all written about 700 years before Jesus was born.  Jesus couldn't possibly have purposely caused everything to happen in his life that had been prophesied unless he had been the Son of God. 

 

                        NOTE:  USE PROPHECY FULFILLED TO PROVE TO YOUR AGNOSTIC AND ATHEIST FRIENDS THAT JESUS WAS THE SON OF GOD.

 

VERSE 36       After being taught by Philip, the eunuch wanted to be what?  ___________________________

 

VS. 37-40        To accomplish this, both Philip and the eunuch went __________________ into the ____________________.

 

            b.         Then they came ____________ ____________ of the __________________________       

 

            c.         Once that was done, what was his reaction?  _________________________________