Continuing with his defense, Stephen acknowledged the role of the tabernacle of Moses and the temple of Solomon, but contended that God did not dwell in temples made by the hands of man. In verses 49 and 50, it states that “Heaven is my throne and the earth my footstool … Has not my hand built all these things, says the Lord.”
Stephen closed his defense by charging the council of resisting the Holy Spirit just like their ancestors. He accused the council of persecuting and killing prophets who predicted the coming of Christ, so they became his betrayers and murderers. They, the council, were the ones who did not keep the law.
The Sanhedrin council was extremely angry with Stephen. How dare he accuse the council of such things. Stephen was filled with the Holy Spirit and he looked into the heavens and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at His Right Hand. When Stephen related to the Council what he saw, they cast him out of the city. They began stoning him.
As Stephen was being stoned, he asked Jesus to receive his spirit and not to charge his murderers with his death. In this way, Stephen became the “first martyr for Christ.”
William Barclay writes: “To Stephen came the peace which comes to those who have done the right thing even if the right thing kills them.“
President Sarita Monroe conducted a brief business meeting in which she appointed the Nominating Committee to present a slate of officers for the 2014-2015 meeting year. The meeting adjourned with the Closing Prayer.