06/08/19: Acts 6:1-15; Psalm 126:1-6; Proverbs 16:26-27
Acts 6: 12 So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin. 13 They produced false witnesses, who testified, “This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law.
Have you heard the above highlighted expression “false witnesses” testifying before? How about in Mark 14?
Mark 14: 55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. 56 Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree.
The exact same tactic used against Jesus is now used again against Stephen. And what I find so significant in both of these events is that the dedication of the Jewish leaders to remove this “sect” from their midst was so dynamic that they violated the greatest creed followed by the Pharisees, the 10 commandments:
Exodus 20: 16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
I ponder and pray – may my heart never, never be this hardened.