Wednesday, January 12, 2011

It's the Small Details About Big Things

Have you read or heard a Bible story over and over and you think there is not possibly anything else to learn from it?

I have.

And then God shows will never stop learning.

In our Wednesday night Bible study at church, our pastor has been going through the Bible giving lessons on different individuals. I absolutely love it and more than once, I have learned tidbits that I did not know or probably more accurate to say that I skimmed over.

It happened this evening.

He taught about Stephen, the first Christian martyr. He told things that I knew, like how he was disliked for his teachings, was lied about in order for his enemies to have permission, if you will, to kill him. I knew that he had a kindness about him that is not comparable to most earthly beings, meaning that even as they were stoning him and just before he died, he asked God to forgive them.

Then our pastor read Acts 7:55
But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.

Do you see that?

Jesus was standing at the right hand of God. Everywhere else in the Bible when it refers to Jesus and the right hand of God, it says He is sitting at the right hand of God.

See Stephen stood up for the Truth (Jesus) and the Truth stood up for him.

How awesome is that?

What a comfort for Stephen to see the Heavens open up & to see not only see Jesus....

But see Jesus standing for him.

And what a comfort to know that when we are standing for the Truth, He will stand with us and for us!!

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