today's readings: 1 Kings 7:1-51, Acts 7:30-50, Psalm 128:1-6, Proverbs 16:31-33
Stephen was pretty amazing! besides being so close to God that his face shown like an angel while he was being martyred... his knowledge of the OT was very impressive. now, we have to remember that God will often times give people the words to say when they are in this position... so he might have had some "help". but still... he recounted story after story from the OT, telling how Jesus came to be the Messiah. it's a nice synopsis of the OT.
and did you notice that there is a huge correlation between the OT and NT readings today? Stephen actually talks about Solomon building the temple... which is exactly what Solomon is doing in the OT reading.
but the take away message from today is that God is bigger than the Temple. He's bigger than any building, or philosophy, or thought process that we have. yes, He chooses to relate to us in certain ways, like through the church and through the Bible... but He is certainly not contained by them. the whole world can't contain Him. not even the whole universe... or the multiverse. He transcends everything - even my sin.
thank You, God, for being bigger than everything - and for forgiving my weakness and bringing me back to You.