"Lord, do not hold this sin against them." Stephen dies with this prayer on his lips,
knowing that God is a God of forgiveness. His killers' cloaks are held by Saul of Tarsus,
who watches this martyrdom from a safe distance, and perhaps wonders at the words of
forgiveness that usher from the mouth of a troublemaker. More than a bystander, but less
than a murderer, Saul stands in need of forgiveness from God.
One wonders if Saul, who becomes Paul, often reflected upon this day when Stephen died
and upon his need for God's loving forgiveness.
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Raw power is stunning, but rarely is it warm and personal in the way we think of strength. Power explodes, while strength is channeled energy. Power unleashes force, but strength controls ability in very specific ways.
Someone has even defined the gentle concept of meekness as “strength under control.”
So he went his way, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.” (v. 39b)
Good morning boys and girls,
I love seeing you here today. Are you happy to be here in God's holy house? (children respond) Great! I have a scary, wild story from the bible to share with you. Are you ready to hear it? (children respond)
This week's text concerning the exorcism which set a captive Gerasene demoniac free is the only text appointed from Luke 8 in this year's lectionary readings. David Tiede points out that the material in Luke 8:3„9:50 sets forth the substance of Jesus' ministry in Galilee as Luke tells the story. There is a theme to the stories in Luke 8, and it is the theme of the power of God's word. We touched upon some of this material in Chapter 13 when we discussed the general theme of hearing and doing God's word.