Here we have an excerpt from St. Stephen’s last sermon as he was facing the Sanhedrin. The Israelites originally rejected Moses, asking him, “Who made you a ruler and judge over us?” later on, God put Moses into that very position, and used him to deliver Israel from bondage to Pharaoh. Later on, the Jews rejected Jesus and turned him over to Pilate to be crucified. But Jesus is the very one to deliver them from the spiritual bondage.
What is more, the Israelites gave up on Moses when he was away from them for so long, and they formed a god of their own. Over and over again, they would forsake God and follow some other god. But God would rescue them and bring them back. Our God is a God of love and faithfulness. He doesn’t allow our unfaithfulness to get in his way.
Take a few moments to pray about this. How does it speak to you? You may find the following prayer helpful:
Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, might bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.