CHAPTER 6 | Verses 11-15

Verse 11: “Then stubborn men said: ‘We have heard him speaking blasphemous words against Moses and G-d.”

Stubborn men: Rebellious men. Even though truth was presented to them, and was right before their eyes, they chose to deny it.

Speaking blasphemous words: They did not speak truth. They were lying and were distorting the facts. (Doing what is right in G-d’s eyes is going to bring about opposition).

Moses: Revered by the Jewish community posthumously.


Verse 12: “They stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes. They came to Stephen and seized him, and led him into the Sanhedrin.”

Stirred up the people: For their own purposes, they were sowing deceit and division among the people of G-d – not based upon truth, but based upon a distortion of the facts.

Sanhedrin: The leading governmental body for the Jewish people.


Verse 13: “They positioned false witnesses, and they said: ‘This man has not stopped from speaking blasphemous words against this holy place and against the law.’”

False witnesses: Individuals who should not have been allowed to testify among the Sanhedrin. 


Verse 14: “Before, we have heard him speaking that Yeshua from Nazareth will destroy this place and alter the customs which Moses gave to us.”

They spoke falsehood.


Verse 15: “Gazing intently at him all the ones who were sitting in the Sanhedrin saw his face as a face of an angel.”

Ones who were sitting: This implies the Sanhedrin themselves, who had a place within this religious council.

An angel: An angel has to do with one who is sent. It is very similar to an apostle, but it is not one that is sent from. An angel is usually someone on an assignment to do something, or who has a message to speak.

God had given Stephen an assignment – to be a testimony, once more, before the Sanhedrin.


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