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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)


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CHAPTER 7 References

2 aActs 22:1
bPs. 29:3
cGen. 11:31,
3 aGen. 12:1
4 aGen. 11:31;
15:7 bGen.
5 aGen. 12:7;
13:15; 15:3,
18; 17:8; 26:3
6 aGen. 15:13,
14, 16; 47:11,
12 bEx.
1:8–14; 12:40,
7 aGen. 15:14
bEx. 14:13–31
cEx. 3:12
8 aGen.
17:9–14 bGen.
21:1–5 cGen.
dGen. 29:31—
30:24; 35:18,
9 aGen. 37:4,
11, 28 bGen.
37:28 cGen.
39:2, 21, 23
10 aGen.
11 aGen. 41:54;
42:5 1affliction
12 aGen.
42:1, 2
13 aGen. 45:4,

Stephen’s Address: The Call of Abraham


1 Then the high priest said, “Are these things so?”
2 And he said, a“Brethren and fathers, listen: The bGod of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in cHaran,
3 “and said to him, a‘Get out of your country and from your relatives, and come to a land that I will show you.’
4 “Then ahe came out of the land of the Chaldeans and dwelt in Haran. And from there, when his father was bdead, He moved him to this land in which you now dwell.
5 “And God gave him no inheritance in it, not even enough to set his foot on. But even when Abraham had no child, aHe promised to give it to him for a possession, and to his descendants after him.
6 “But God spoke in this way: athat his descendants would dwell in a foreign land, and that they would bring them into bbondage and oppress them four hundred years.
7 a‘And the nation to whom they will be in bondage I will bjudge,’ said God, c‘and after that they shall come out and serve Me in this place.’
8 a“Then He gave him the covenant of circumcision; band so Abraham begot Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day; cand Isaac begot Jacob, and dJacob begot the twelve patriarchs.

The Patriarchs in Egypt

9 a“And the patriarchs, becoming envious, bsold Joseph into Egypt. cBut God was with him
10 “and delivered him out of all his troubles, aand gave him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.
11 a“Now a famine and great 1trouble came over all the land of Egypt and Canaan, and our fathers found no sustenance.
12 a“But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first.
13 “And the asecond time Joseph was made known to his brothers,

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and Joseph’s family became known to the Pharaoh.
14 a“Then Joseph sent and called his father Jacob and ball his relatives to him, 1seventy-five people.
15 a“So Jacob went down to Egypt; band he died, he and our fathers.
16 “And athey were carried back to Shechem and laid in bthe tomb that Abraham bought for a sum of money from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem.

God Delivers Israel by Moses

17 “But when athe time of the promise drew near which God had sworn to Abraham, bthe people grew and multiplied in Egypt
18 “till another king aarose who did not know Joseph.
19 “This man dealt treacherously with our people, and oppressed our forefathers, amaking them expose their babies, so that they might not live.
20 a“At this time Moses was born, and bwas well pleasing to God; and he was brought up in his father’s house for three months.
21 “But awhen he was set out, bPharaoh’s daughter took him away and brought him up as her own son.
22 “And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was amighty in words and deeds.
23 a“Now when he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel.
24 “And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended and avenged him who was oppressed, and struck down the Egyptian.
25 “For he supposed that his brethren would have understood that God would deliver them by his hand, but they did not understand.
26 “And the next day he appeared to two of them as they were fighting, and tried to reconcile them, saying, ‘Men, you are brethren; why do you wrong one another?’
27 “But he who did his neighbor wrong pushed him away, saying, a‘Who made you a ruler and a judge over us?
28 ‘Do you want to kill me as you did the Egyptian yesterday?’
29 a“Then, at this saying, Moses fled and became a dweller in the land of Midian, where he bhad two sons.
30 a“And when forty years had passed, an Angel 1of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire in a bush, in the wilderness of Mount Sinai.
31 “When Moses saw it, he marveled at the sight; and as he drew near to observe, the voice of the Lord came to him,
32 “saying, a‘I am the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’

14 aGen. 45:9,
27 bDeut.
10:22 1Or seventy,
Ex. 1:5
15 aGen.
46:1–7 bGen.
16 aJosh. 24:32
bGen. 23:16
17 aGen. 15:13
bEx. 1:7–9
18 aEx. 1:8
19 aEx. 1:22
20 aEx. 2:1, 2
bHeb. 11:23
21 aEx. 2:3, 4
bEx. 2:5–10
22 aLuke 24:19
23 aEx. 2:11,
27 aEx. 2:14
29 aHeb. 11:27
bEx. 2:15, 21,
22; 4:20; 18:3
30 aEx. 3:1–10
1NU omits of
the Lord
32 aEx. 3:6, 15
33 aEx. 3:5, 7,
8, 10
34 aEx. 2:24,
25 bPs. 105:26
35 aEx. 2:14
bEx. 14:21
36 aEx. 12:41;
33:1 bPs.
105:27 cEx.
14:21 dEx.
16:1, 35
37 aDeut.
18:15, 18, 19
bMatt. 17:5
1NU, M omit
Him you shall
38 aEx. 19:3
bGal. 3:19
cDeut. 5:27
dHeb. 5:12
1Gr. ekklesia,
assembly or
church 2sayings
39 aPs. 95:8–11
40 aEx. 32:1,
41 aDeut. 9:16
bEx. 32:6, 18,
42 a[2 Thess.
2:11] b2 Kin.
21:3 cAmos
43 aJer.
44 a[Heb. 8:5] 45 aJosh. 3:14;
18:1; 23:9

And Moses trembled and dared not look.
33 a‘Then the LORD said to him, “Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.
34 “I have surely aseen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt; I have heard their groaning and have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will bsend you to Egypt.” ’
35 “This Moses whom they rejected, saying, a‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’ is the one God sent to be a ruler and a deliverer bby the hand of the Angel who appeared to him in the bush.
36 a“He brought them out, after he had bshown wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, cand in the Red Sea, dand in the wilderness forty years.

Israel Rebels Against God

37 “This is that Moses who said to the children of Israel, a‘The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. bHim1 you shall hear.’
38 a“This is he who was in the 1congregation in the wilderness with bthe Angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers, cthe one who received the living doracles2 to give to us,
39 “whom our fathers awould not obey, but rejected. And in their hearts they turned back to Egypt,
40 a“saying to Aaron, ‘Make us gods to go before us; as for this Moses who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’
41 a“And they made a calf in those days, offered sacrifices to the idol, and brejoiced in the works of their own hands.
42 “Then aGod turned and gave them up to worship bthe host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the Prophets:

c‘Did you offer Me slaughtered animals and sacrifices during forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?
43 You also took up the tabernacle of Moloch, And the star of your god Remphan, Images which you made to worship; And aI will carry you away beyond Babylon.’

God’s True Tabernacle

44 “Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as He appointed, instructing Moses ato make it according to the pattern that he had seen,
45 a“which our fathers, having received it in turn, also brought with

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Joshua into the land possessed by the Gentiles, bwhom God drove out before the face of our fathers until the cdays of David,
46 a“who found favor before God and basked to find a dwelling for the God of Jacob.
47 a“But Solomon built Him a house.
48 “However, athe Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says:

49 ‘Heavena is My throne, And earth is My footstool. What house will you build for Me? says the LORD, Or what is the place of My rest?
50 Has My hand not amade all these things?’

Israel Resists the Holy Spirit

51 “You astiff-necked1 and buncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.
52 a“Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of bthe Just One, of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers,
53 a“who have received the law by the direction of angels and have not kept it.”

Stephen the Martyr

54 aWhen they heard these things they were 1cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth.
55 But he, abeing full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the bglory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,
56 and said, “Look! aI see the heavens opened and the bSon of Man standing at the right hand of God!”
57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord;
58 and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And athe witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.
59 And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, areceive my spirit.”
60 Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, a“Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Saul Persecutes the Church


1 Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and athey were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and amade great lamentation over him.

45 bPs. 44:2 c2
Sam. 6:2–15
46 a2 Sam.
7:1–13 b1 Chr.
47 a1 Kin.
6:1–38; 8:20,
48 a1 Kin. 8:27
49 aIs. 66:1, 2
50 aPs. 102:25
51 aEx. 32:9
bLev. 26:41
52 a2 Chr.
36:16 bActs
3:14; 22:14
53 aEx. 20:1
54 aActs 5:33
55 aActs 6:5
b[Ex. 24:17] 56 aMatt. 3:16
bDan. 7:13
58 aActs 22:20
59 aPs. 31:5
60 aMatt. 5:44

CHAPTER 8 References

1 aActs 8:4;
2 aGen. 23:2
3 aPhil. 3:6
4 aMatt. 10:23
5 aActs 6:5;
8:26, 30 1Or a
7 aMark 16:17
9 aActs 8:11;
13:6 bActs
5:36 1magic
2Or nation
11 1magic arts
12 aActs 1:3;
14 aActs 5:12,
29, 40
15 aActs 2:38;
16 aActs 19:2
bMatt. 28:19
cActs 10:48;
17 aActs 6:6;
20 a[Matt.
10:8] b[Acts
2:38; 10:45;

ACTS 8:21

3 As for Saul, ahe made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.

Christ Is Preached in Samaria

4 Therefore athose who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.
5 Then aPhilip went down to 1the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them.
6 And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
7 For aunclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed.
8 And there was great joy in that city.

The Sorcerer’s Profession of Faith

9 But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously apracticed 1sorcery in the city and bastonished the 2people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great,
10 to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the great power of God.”
11 And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his 1sorceries for a long time.
12 But when they believed Philip as he preached the things aconcerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.
13 Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done.

The Sorcerer’s Sin

14 Now when the aapostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them,
15 who,when they had come down, prayed for them athat they might receive the Holy Spirit.
16 For aas yet He had fallen upon none of them. bThey had only been baptized in cthe name of the Lord Jesus.
17 Then athey laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
18 And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,
19 saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
20 But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because ayou thought that bthe gift of God could be purchased with money!
21 “You have neither part nor

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portion in this matter, for your aheart is not right in the sight of God.
22 “Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God aif perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.
23 “For I see that you are apoisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”
24 Then Simon answered and said, a“Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me.”
25 So when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.

Christ Is Preached to an Ethiopian

26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to aPhilip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is 1desert.
27 So he arose and went. And behold, aa man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and bhad come to Jerusalem to worship,
28 was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet.
29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.”
30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him.
32 The place in the Scripture which he read was this:

a“He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer is silent, bSo He opened not His mouth.
33 In His humiliation His ajustice was taken away, And who will declare His generation? For His life is btaken from the earth.”

34 So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?”
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, aand beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.
36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. aWhat hinders me from being baptized?”
37 1Then Philip said, a“If you be-

21 aJer. 17:9
22 aDan. 4:27;
2 Tim. 2:25
23 aHeb. 12:15
24 aGen. 20:7,
17; Ex. 8:8;
Num. 21:7;
1 Kin. 13:6;
Job 42:8;
James 5:16
26 aActs 6:5
1Or a deserted
27 aPs. 68:31;
87:4; Is. 56:3;
Zeph. 3:10
b1 Kin. 8:41,
42; John 12:20
32 aIs. 53:7, 8
bMatt. 26:62,
63; 27:12, 14;
John 19:9
33 aLuke
23:1–25 bLuke
35 aLuke
24:27; Acts
17:2; 18:28;
36 aActs 10:47;
37 aMatt.
28:19; [Mark
16:16; Rom.
10:9, 10] bMatt. 16:16;
John 6:69;
9:35, 38; 11:27
1NU, M omit
v. 37. It is
found in
Western texts,
including the
Latin tradition.
39 a1 Kin.
18:12; 2 Kin.
2:16; Ezek.
3:12, 14;
2 Cor. 12:2
40 aActs 21:8
1Same as
Heb. Ashdod

lieve with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, b“I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.
39 Now when they came up out of the water, athe Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing.
40 But Philip was found at 1Azotus. And passing through, he preached in all the cities till he came to aCaesarea.

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The Joy of Going to the House of the LORD

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

1 I WAS glad when they said to me, a“Let us go into the house of the LORD.”
2 Our feet have been standing Within your gates, O Jerusalem!

3 Jerusalem is built As a city that is acompact together,
4 aWhere the tribes go up, The tribes of the LORD, 1To bthe Testimony of Israel, To give thanks to the name of the LORD.

PSALM 122 References

1 a[Is. 2:3; Mic.
4:2]; Zech.
3 a2 Sam. 5:9
4 aEx. 23:17;
Deut. 16:16
bEx. 16:34 1Or
As a testimony
5 aDeut. 17:8;
2 Chr. 19:8
6 aPs. 51:18
9 aNeh. 2:10;
Esth. 10:3

5 aFor thrones are set there for judgment, The thrones of the house of David.

6 aPray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.
7 Peace be within your walls, Prosperity within your palaces.”
8 For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, “Peace be within you.”
9 Because of the house of the LORD our God I will aseek your good.




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