(From: ACTS #11 - 7:30-8:3)
w. 7:30 ANGEL APPEARS TO MOSES AT END OF 40 YEARS
kai ple-roTHENton eTON tes-seRAkon-ta,
And when forty years were fulfilled,
OPHtheauTO en teeREmotou Orous SiNA AGge-los, en phloGI puROS BAtou .
an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of :Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush.
x. 7:31-32a GOD REVEALS HIMSELF TO MOSES OUT OF A BUSH
ho de Mo-uSES iDON, eTHAUma-sen to HOra-ma:
And when :Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight:
pro-ser-choMEnou de auTOU ka-ta-noEsai , eGEne-to phoNEKuRIou,
and as he came near to behold, theLord's voice came,
E-GOho TheOS ton paTEron sou, ho TheOS A-braAM, kai I-saAK, kai IaKOB.
32aI am the God of your :fathers, the God of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob.
y. 7:32b And Moses became frightened, anddared not look.
ENtro-mos de geNOme-nos Mo-uSES, ouk eTOLma  ka-ta-noEsai .
z. 7:33 GOD'S PRESENCE MAKES GROUND HOLY
EIpen de auTO ho KUri-os, LUson to huPOde-ma ton poDON sou:
And the Lord said to him, Loose the shoes from your :feet:
ho gar TOpos eph' ho ESte-kas ge haGIa esTIN.
for the place on which you stand is holy ground.
aa. 7:34 GOD COMMISSIONS MOSES TO DELIVER ISRAEL
iDON EIdon ten KAko-sin tou laOU mou tou en AiGUPto, kai tou ste-nagMOU auTON Ekou-sa,
Surely I have seen the affliction of my :people that isin Egypt, and have heard its :groaning,
kai kaTEben e-xeLESthai auTOUS: kai nun DEUro, a-poSTEIlose eis AIgup-ton.
and I am come down to deliver them: and now comehere, I will send you into Egypt.
bb. 7:35 GOD CHOOSES - WHOM ISRAEL REJECTED
TOUton ton Mo-uSEN hon erNEsan-to , eiPOtes, TIS se kaTEste-sen ARcon-ta kai di-kaSTEN?
This :Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made you ruler and judge?
TOUton ho TheOS kai ARchon-ta kai lu-troTEN aPEstal-ken
him has :God sent both as ruler and redeemer
sun cheiRI agGElou tou ophTHENtos  auTO en teBAto .
with the hand of theangel that appeared to him in the bush.
cc. 7:36 THE DELIVERANCE AND 40 YEARS LEADERSHIP OF MOSES
HOUtos eXEga-gen auTOUS, poiEsas TEra-ta kai seMEIa en te AiGUPto,
This man led them forth, having done wonders and signs in :Egypt,
kai en E-ruTHRA  thaLASse, kai en teeREmoEte tes-seRAkon-ta.
and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years.
dd. 7:37 MOSES FORETELLS A PROPHET LIKE HIMSELF
HOU-TOS es-tin ho Mo-uSES, ho EIpas tois huiOIS Is-raEL,
This is the Moses, who said to the sons of Israel,
ProPHEten huMIN a-naSTEsei ho TheOS ek ton a-delPHON huMON, hos eME.
A prophet shall :God raise up for you from among your :brethren, as he raised me up.
ee. 7:38-40 REBELLION OF ISRAEL AGAINST MOSES
HOU-TOS es-tin ho geNOme-nos en teek-kleSIa en teeREmo
This is he who was in the church in the wilderness
meTA tou agGElou tou laLOUNtos auTOen to Orei SiNA,
with the angel of Him who spoke to him in :Mount Sinai,
kai ton paTEron heMON: hos eDExa-to loGIa ZONta DOUnai huMIN:
and with our :fathers: who received living oracles to give to you:
hoeTHEle-san huPEko-oi geNESthai hoi paTEres heMON, alLA aPOsan-to ,
39to whom our :fathers would not become obedient, but thrust himaway,
kai eSTRAphe-san en tais karDIais auTON eis AIgup-ton,
and turned back in their :hearts unto Egypt,
eiPONtes to A-aRON, POIe-son huMIN theOUS hoi pro-poREUson-tai heMON:
40saying to :Aaron, Make us gods that shall go before us:
ho gar Mo-uSES HOUtos, hos eXEga-gen heMAS ek ges AiGUPtou,
for this :Moses, who led us forth out of Egypt land,
ouk OIda-men ti eGEne-to auTO.
we do not know what is become of him.
ff. 7:41 ISRAEL'S IDOLATRY
kai e-mos-choPOIe-san en tais heMErais eKEInais, kai aNEga-gonthuSIan to eiDOlo,
And they made a calf in those :days, and brought sacrifice to the idol,
kai euPHRAInon-to  en tois ERgois ton cheiRON auTON.
and rejoiced in the works of their :hands.
gg. 7:42-43 GOD GIVES ISRAEL UP TO IDOLATRY AND CAPTIVITY
EStre-psen de ho TheOS, kai paREdo-ken auTOUS laTREUein te stra-tiA tou ou-raNOU;
But :God turned, and gave them up to serve the host of :heaven;
kaTHOS GEgrap-tai en BIBloton pro-pheTON, Me SPHAgi-a kai thuSIas pro-seNEGkaTE moi
as it is written in the book of the prophets, Did you offer to me slain beasts and sacrifices
Etetes-seRAkon-ta en teeREmo, OIkos Is-raEL? kai a-neLAbe-te ten skeNEN tou MoLOCH,
Forty years in the wilderness, Ohouse of Israel? 43 And you took up the tabernacle of :Moloch,
kai to Astron  tou theOU 'RomPHA, tous TUpous  hous e-poiEsa-te pro-skuNEIN auTOIS:
And the constellation of the god Rompha, The figures which you made to worship them:
kai me-toi-kiO huMAS ePEkei-na Ba-buLOnos.
And I will carry you away beyond Babylon.
hh. 7:44 ISRAEL'S TABERNACLE MADE BY MOSES ACCORDING TO PLAN
heskeNEtou martuRIou en tois paTRAsin heMON en te Ere-mo,
Our :fathers had the tabernacle of the testimony in the wilderness,
kaTHOS di-eTAxa-to ho laLON toMo-uSE, poiEsai auTEN
even as he appointed who spoke to :Moses, that he should make it
kaTA ton TOpon hon he-oRAkei .
according to the figure that he had seen.
ii. 7:45-46 THE TABERNACLE UP TO DAVID
hen kai eiSEga-gon, di-a-deXAme-noi , hoi paTEres heMON meTA IeSOU
Which also our :fathers, in their turn, brought in with Joshua when they entered
en te ka-taSCHEsei ton ethNON hon eXOsen ho TheOS
on the possession of the nations that God thrust out
aPO proSOpou ton paTEron heMON, HEos ton heMEron DauID;
before the face of our :fathers, unto the days of David;
hos HEUren CHArin eNOpi-on tou TheOU, kai eTEsa-to heuREIN SKEno-ma to TheOIaKOB.
46 who found grace in God's sight, and asked to find a habitation for the God of Jacob.
jj. 7:47 But Solomon built him a house.
So-loMON de oi-koDOme-sen auTO OIkon .
kk. 7:48-50 YET GOD DOES NOT DWELL IN MAN-MADE BUILDINGS
all' ouch ho HUpsi-stos  en chei-ro-poiEtois ka-toiKEI; kaTHOS ho proPHEtes LEgei,
But the Most High dwells not in houses made with hands; as says the prophet,
Ho ou-raNOS moi THROnos , kai he gehu-poPOdi-on ton poDON mou:
49The heaven is my throne, And the earth thefootstool of my :feet:
POIon OIkon oi-ko-doMEseTE moi? LEgei KUri-os:
What manner of house will you build me? says theLord:
etis TOpos tes ka-taPAUseOS mou? ouCHI he CHEIR mou ePOIe-sen TAUta PANta?
Or what isthe place of my :rest?50 Did not my :hand make all these things?
ll. 7:51 STEPHEN CHARGES SANHEDREN WITH RESISITNG THE HOLY SPIRIT ALSO
Skle-roTRAche-loi kai a-peRITme-toi karDIais kai tois oSIN,
YOU, stiffnecked and uncircumcised in hearts and :ears,
huMEIS, aEI to PNEUma-ti toHaGIo an-tiPIPte-te : hos hoi paTEres huMON, kai huMEIS.
always resist the Holy :Spirit: as your :fathers did, so do you.
mm. 7:52-53 STEPHEN CHARGES ISRAEL WITH MURDER AND LAW-BREAKING
TIna ton pro-pheTON ouk eDIo-xan hoi paTEres huMON?
Which of the prophets did not your :fathers :persecute?
kai aPEKtei-nan  tous pro-ka-tagGEIlan-tas  peRI tes eLEUse-os tou diKAIou ;
and they killed them that showed before of the coming of the Righteous One;
hou nun huMEIS proDOtai  kai phoNEIS  eGEnes-the;
of whom you have now become betrayers and murderers;
HOti-nes eLAbe-te ton NOmon eis di-a-taGAS  agGElon, kai ouk e-phuLAxa-te .
53 youwho received the law unto ordinances of angels, and did not keep it.
3. 7:54-60 STEPHEN'S MARTYRDOM
a. 7:54 CONVICTION DOES NOT NECESSARILY LEAD TO REPENTANCE
A-KOUon-tes de TAUta, di-ePRIon-to  tais karDIais auTON,
Now when they heard these things, they were cut in their :hearts,
kai Ebru-chon  tous oDONtas  ep' auTON.
and gnashed their teeth at him.
b. 7:55 STEPHEN REPORTS A HEAVENLY VISION OF JESUS
huPARchon de PLEres PNEUma-tos HaGIou, a-teNIsas eis ton ou-raNON, EIden DOxan TheOU,
But being full of the Holy Spirit, he fixed his eyes on the heaven, and saw God's glory,
kai IeSOUN heSTOta ek de-xiON tou TheOU,
and Jesus standing at :God's right hand,
kai EIpen, I-DOU, the-oROtous ou-raNOUS di-e-noigMEnous ,
56 and he said, Lo, I behold theheavens opened,
kai ton huiON tou anTHROpou ek de-xiON heSTOta tou TheOU.
and the Son of :man standing at :God's right hand.
c. 7:57-58 STEPHEN MARTYRED
KRAxan-tes  de phoNEmeGAle, suNESchon ta Ota auTON,
But they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their :ears,
kai HORme-san [3729ho-mo-thu-maDON ep' auTON;
and rushed upon him with one accord;
kai ek-baLONtes  Exotes POle-os, e-li-thoBOloun ;
58and cast himout of the city, andstoned him;
kai hoi MARtu-res aPEthen-to ta hiMAti-a auTON paRA tous POdas ne-aNIou ka-louMEnou SAUlou.
and the witnesses laid down their :garments at the feet of a youth :called Saul.
d. 7:59 STEPHEN CALLED ON THE LORD AT THE END
kai e-li-thoBOloun  ton STEpha-non, e-pi-kaLOUme-non ,
And they stoned :Stephen, calling upon the Lord,
kai LEgon-ta, KUri-e IeSOU, DExai to PNEU-MA mou.
and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my :spirit.
e. 7:60a And he kneeled, andcried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this :sin to their charge.
theis de ta GOna-ta, Ekra-xen phoNEmeGAle, KUri-e, meSTEses auTOIS TAUten ten ha-marTIan.
f. 7:60b And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
kai TOUto eiPON, e-koiMEthe.
4. 8:1a And Saul was consenting to his :death.
SAUlos de en su-neu-doKON te a-naiREsei auTOU.
B. 8:1b-3 TERRIBLE PERSECUTION LED BY SAUL
a. 8:1b PERSECUTION IMMEDIATELY SCATTERS CHURCH OF JERUSALEM
E-GEne-to de en eKEIne teheMEra di-ogMOS MEgas
And a great persecution arose on that :day
ePI ten ek-kleSIan ten en Ie-ro-soLUmois; PANtes de di-eSPAre-san 
against the church :in Jerusalem; and all were scattered abroad
kaTA tas CHOras tes IouDAIas kai Sa-marRIas, plen ton a-poSTOlon.
throughout the regions of :Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
b. 8:2 And devout men buried :Stephen, and made great lamentation over him.
su-neKOmi-san de ton STEpha-non ANdres eu-laBEIS, kai ePOIe-san ko-peTON meGAN ep' auTO.
c. 8:3 SAUL INCREASES PERSECUTION OF CHURCH
SAUlos de e-luMAIne-to  ten ek-kleSIan, kaTA tous OIkous eis-po-reuOme-nos ,
But Saul laid waste the church, entering into every :house,
SUron te ANdras kai guNAIkas pa-reDIdou eis phu-laKEN .
and dragging men and women committed them to prison.
NOTE: 7:54-60 - This martyrdom was almost a foregone conclusion in the light of Stephen's blistering exposure of the spirit of the rulers in the Sanhedrin. As Stephen pointed out, they had the samespirit as Israel's people and most leaders in all their past generations! And - the vision of Jesus at the end, but exacerbated the rage of Stephen's hearers. And - it was the Spirit of the Father who led Stephen to give this devastating diatribe! Thisis what Godthought of Israel's rulers. Stephen was Hismouthpiece!
8:1a - What a revealing word concerning Saul of Tarsus in his pre-salvation state! He was one spirit with the other Sanhedrin leaders. And to think that God had planned for him to hear the defense of Stephen, and his accusation concerning such leaders as Saul. Then - he saw the manifestation of the glory of God on Stephen's face prior to his stoning, as he recounted his open heavenly vision of Jesus! Did this have a part to play in the conversion of Saul on the road to Damascus?
8:1b-3 - But prior to the explosion of numbers to the Kingdom of God, the tremendous persecution that followed Stephen's martyrdom, led especially by Saul of Tarsus, scattered believers because of this very persecution. This no doubt had much to do in God's wisdom concerning this increased ingathering of souls. Romans 8:28 is alwaysat work, when God is in charge. J.A.W.