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Verse 15: “And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an angel.”

I had to “referee” an intense discussion between two parties recently. Party A was angry and was grilling Party B about his side of a story of a possible misunderstanding. Despite Party A’s very intense intimidation, Party B told the truth, to the satisfaction of all gathered. What struck me about Party B was his face: he stood stoically but respectfully, looking Party A in the eye, and told his side of the story, insisting to us all that it was the truth. It was the quiet confidence that struck me; Party B knew he didn’t have anything to fear as long as he told the truth.

I’ve often wondered when I read this phrase about Stephen standing before the council; they could be a lot more intimidating that Party A. Yet, Stephen, stood before them, quiet, confident, with his defense based on the truth of Jesus Christ. When you stop to think about it for a minute, I’ve never read a record of a “nervous angel”. It could be, because they know whom they serve.

Something to think about.

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