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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

Acts 7:1-16  E-mail
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 29 November 2019

When Jesus sent the Disciples out into the world to preach the Kingdom is at hand and they were going to suffer for Him, He said, the last should be first and the first last; which was fulfilled in Stephen and Paul who were late converts in comparison to the Apostles yet they both where in service as suffering for the Lord. This is a chapter we see the martyrdom of Stephen the first martyr of the Christian Church. He defends himself in front of leaders. Saying this temple was going to be destroyed as the law has been changed now, it’s our faith in Gods loving grace and mercy Whereby we are saved.   We are seeing him giving a history lesson of the Old Testament showing the Jews, Gods chosen people were always provoked. Yet good things happen when the obeyed the laws of God. He applies what is happening to him now and those who are persecuting him, by putting him to death by stoning, yet he show mercy, grace and submission to what is happening. Acts 7 King James Version (KJV)
Then said the high priest, Are these things so? Here Stephen has to answer for Himself of what he is saying and doing? Is it true of what people are saying about you, you can recant; You can plead Guilty, or not guilty? We want to be fair are you a blasphemer? Here Stephen takes his time and would of taken even longer if they had not stopped him. Note his compassion and his felt need for his life was at stake. 
And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran,
And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee. We see Stephen full of the Holy Spirit, as he has much to reveal as God reveals to him what to say, and how to say it. He wants to see conviction to come upon the people he was talking to, as they recalled the Scripture. So he quotes the Scriptures to the men, brethren, and heathen, showing he was one of them; even though, they did not look upon him as such. He address them by asking them to harken, I am going to tell you what you already knew. It is so strange that people do not want to know the truth and walk in the way, truth and life the Lord has established for us. We continue to walk the way we want to, with no regard to what is right. We can’t see the past when just like Abraham, did not know where he was going. Referring to Genesis 12:1 Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. Then Nehemiah 9:7-8 You are the Lord the God, who didst choose Abram, and roughest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gave Him the name of Abraham, 8 and found his heart faithful before thee and madest a covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites and the Jebusites and the Girgashites, to give it, I say, to his seed and hast performed the words, for thou art righteous: His land was a idolatrous country, but now a land of promise. Remember Lot choose the idolatress land of Sodom and Gomorrah and God destroyed it. Now here is Abraham enjoying God best on his way to heavens glory. They were living in the world of total collapse where wrong is right and right is now wrong. Just like today. Here they were charging Stephen with Blasphemy against God and he was a son of Abraham who was a child of Gods glory. He was proud of being circumcised and justified by God for what he believed.
Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell. Stephen is doing his best to let everyone know they were special people, in a special land, regardless of how many people had died. Gods will for Canaan is still a blessing to all that live there. 
And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child. Strange God gave him no inheritance in it, for Abraham had not yet had a child. So he was a stranger in this Strange land that was promised to him to possess along with his son not yet born. He has to wait. That is still hard today! And God spake on this wise, That his seed should sojourn in a strange land; and that they should bring them into bondage, and entreat them evil four hundred years. This is a long time to be under pressure of not possessing the land. God knows His work and time line of what is going on and it is hard for us as man to accept what He has offered. His offer is many times slow in coming to pass, but they will be fulfilled. This produces a lot of stress and troubles, yet God will in His time complete what He says.
And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place. Here Stephen is showing the Jewish Nation that, God honored some pepole, made others jealous from the very beginning. Here Abraham was given a call to go all by himself and Sarah not knowing what was going to happen next. Here they were all seeing the difference from the law to how we live in God grace now, for He loves us all and wants us to receive His mercy as we repent of our sins. Lord help us to see nothing is easy about faith. To have faith makes life a blessing for God’s presences always leading and guiding us forward to another day.

And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs. God is interested in building the family of His and each male needed to be circumcised. A sign of commitment and a cutting away of everything that was not needed. It is so necessary we cut away all the sins that would prevent us from getting contaminated by sins damaging or lives. I will be to thee a God all sufficient, so you can walk and talk to become safe and secured in His loving arms.
And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,
10 And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house. What a story Stephen gave, for he includes the Story of Joseph who was envied by his brothers jealousy, that causes abuse and they were going to kill him, but instead sold him into bondage. People have a hard time with people that are successful and it is shown by the way we treat them. Lord help us to give you the benefit of the doubt. Even what we see happening in the Church today. Man is still man and our normal bend is to do it on our own and God wants us to live for Him. Kanye West’s salvation is going to prove God is His Father, or he is still preforming on His own since being saved back in January of this year. We have seen November the 17th when He spoke at Joel Olsten’s Church in Houston, Texas and had his troupe present dancing and singing. Sounded great and is captivating thousands of teenager and young adults.  He tells how he had a mental breakdown and realized he needed help and gave his life to the Lord. Is there anything too hard for the Lord? No and Stephen is now telling the story about how Joseph was used of the Lord as he was owned by God, when his brothers were terrible toward him. Yes, he grew in a sheltered environment and had the best and was even accused of laying with Pharaoh’s wife and sent to prison, but soon finding favor and interrupting dreams for the buckler and baker, and then for the King Himself. Then elevated to the Secretary of Agriculture taking care of the corn during 7 years of famine. During this time his father Jacob sends his sons to go into Egypt where they were in bondage 400 years earlier to get food.  Who did they meet; their brother and did not recognize him, but he recognized his brother.
11 Now there came a dearth over all the land of Egypt and Chanaan, and great affliction: and our fathers found no sustenance. Interesting how when we are in trouble and a lot of affliction we begin to think of what can be done and do it. Just think of how Joseph was growing in his Character in emotions-consequence-memory-imagination-reasons and affection! He was a man of tremendous maturity. For God was in Charge of his worship, reverencing, faith, hope and hearing His Prayer. Let's let the Spirit of God have control of your souls and bodies so we can grow in the image of Gods love, mercy and grace!
12 But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first. This is amazing for the first time Jacob sons did not know Joseph. When he sent them to Egypt, Joseph knew them, but they did not know Joseph. Even when he set them in birth order. Can you see how difficult this must have been for Joseph to accept?

13 And at the second time Joseph was made known to his brethren; and Joseph's kindred was made known unto Pharaoh. Here it takes time for Joseph to do what he did, for remember he loved obeying the law, so is ready to reveal the truth they are his brothers who wanted to kill him, but instead sold him and he is now showing love, and said you meant it for evil and God meant it for good. What a story of Godly advice that we all should have toward our enemies. It is only a Christian that has the ability to love his enemies and pray for them to become more like the Lord. Not only did he acknowledge his brother, but who Pharaoh was who gave him the ability to give them food. Then to top it off he asked to see our Father Jacob and have him come and live in our land.
14 Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls. Now Joseph was so elated he wanted all his family of 75 people to be bought here. Stephen must have been speaking with a great deal of emotion, for this was something that only happens when God is in control.
15 So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers,
16 And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem. Here they are all together as a family and Jacob dies and is buried in a cave not in Sychem but Machpelah where Abraham and Isaac were buried near Hebron. Stephen is here showing respect for the past and how God intervined for them. To be Continued

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