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Stephen with the Shining Face
Stephen with the Shining Face
Acts vi: 1, to
members of the church in Jerusalem gave their money
freely to help the poor. This free giving led to
trouble, as the church grew so fast; for some of the
widows who were poor were passed by; and their
friends made complaints to the apostles. The twelve
apostles called the whole church together, and said:
"It is not well, that we should turn aside from
preaching and teaching the word of God, to sit at
tables and give out money. But, brethren, choose
from among yourselves seven good men, men who have
the Spirit of God and are wise, and we will give
this work to them; so that we can spend our time in
prayer and in preaching the gospel."
This plan was pleasing to all the church; and they
chose seven men, to take charge of the gifts of the
people, and to see that they were sent to those who
were in need. The first man chosen was Stephen, a
man full of faith and of the Spirit of God; and with
him were Philip and five other good men. These seven
men they brought before the apostles; and the
apostles laid their hands on their heads, setting
them apart for their work of caring for the poor.
But Stephen did more than look after the needy ones.
He began to preach the gospel of Christ; and to
preach with such power as made every one who heard
him feel the truth. Stephen saw before any other man
in the church saw, that the gospel of Christ was not
for Jews only, but for all men; that all men might
be saved if they would believe in Jesus; and this
great truth Stephen began to preach with all his
Such preaching as this, that men who were not Jews
might be saved by believing in Christ, made many of
the Jews very angry. They called all the people who
were not Jews "Gentiles," and they looked upon them
with hate and scorn; but they could not answer the
words that Stephen spoke. They roused up the people
and the rulers, and set them against Stephen, and at
last they seized Stephen, and brought him before the
great council of the rulers. They said to the
"This man is always speaking evil words against the
Temple and against the law of Moses. We heard him
say that Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place,
and shall change the laws that Moses gave to us!"
This was partly true and partly false; but no lie is
so harmless as that which has a little truth with
it. Then the high-priest said to Stephen, "Are these
And as Stephen stood up to answer the high-priest
all fixed their eyes upon him; and they saw that his
face was shining, as though it was the face of an
angel. Then Stephen began to speak of the great
things that God had done for his people of Israel in
the past; how he had called Abraham, their father,
to go forth into a new land; how he had given them
great men, as Joseph, and Moses, and the prophets.
He showed them how the Israelites had not been
faithful to God who had given them such blessings.
Then Stephen said:
"You are a people with hard hearts and stiff necks,
who will not obey the words of God and his Spirit.
As your fathers did, so you do also. Your fathers
killed the prophets whom God sent to them; and you
have slain Jesus, the Righteous One!"
As they heard these things, they became so angry
against Stephen that they gnashed on him with their
teeth, like wild beasts. But Stephen, full of the
Holy Spirit, looked up toward heaven with his
shining face; and he saw the glory of God, and Jesus
standing on Godís right hand, and he said:
"I see the heavens opened and the Son of man
standing on the right hand of God!"
But they cried out with angry voices, and rushed
upon him, and dragged him out of the council-room,
and outside the wall of the city. And there they
threw stones upon him to kill him, while Stephen was
kneeling down among the falling stones and praying:
"Lord Jesus, receive my spirit! Lord, lay not this
sin up against them!"
And when he had said this he fell asleep in death,
the first to be slain for the gospel of Christ.
Among those who stoned Stephen was a young man named
Saul. He showed his fierce hate against Stephen and
against the gospel which Stephen preached by holding
the loose garments which the slayers of Stephen
flung off, so that they might the more easily throw
the stones upon him. Saul had heard Stephen speak;
and he saw his glorious face, but he gave his help
to those who killed him. And after Stephen had been
slain, Saul went out to seize those who believed in
Christ. He dragged men and women out of their
houses, and thrust them into prison. He went into
the synagogues and seized them as they were
worshipping, and stripped off their garments, and
caused them to be beaten.
By the hands of Saul and those who were with him the
church of Christ, where so many had lived in love
and peace, was broken up, and its members were
scattered far and wide over the lands. The apostles
stayed in the city, and no harm came to them, for
they were kept hidden, but all the rest of the
believers were driven away; and for the time the
church of Christ seemed to have come to an end.
Stephen with the Shining Face from Hurlbut's Bible
Stories For Children - The Bible Story of Stephen
This Stephen Bible Story was written in simple words by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut and taken from
Hurlbut's Bible Stories For Children which was published in 1904.
The book is also known as Harbut's Story of the Bible (Told for
young and Old). Harbut's Story of the Bible contains
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