The Hellenist (Greek) believers complain about the treatment of Hellenist widows (v 1).
Seven believers are chosen to address the problem, one of them, Stephen, comes into conflict with the Jews.
1. What was the complaint about and what did the twelve do about it?
v 1 to 3 ... a complaint arose from the Hellenists against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily service. The twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “... select from amongst you, brothers, seven men of good report, full of the Holy Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
2. What effect did the spread of the word of God have in Jerusalem?
v 7 The word of God increased and the number of the disciples greatly multiplied in Jerusalem. ...
3. What did the members of the synagogues do when they could not answer Stephen?
v 11 and 12 Then they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.” They stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes, and came against him and seized him, then brought him in to the council,
- v 1 to 7 A complaint arises about the treatment of Hellenist (Greek) widows. Seven men are appointed to ensure the Hellenist needy widows receive as much care and help as their Jewish counterparts
- v 8 to 15 Stephen, although one of those responsible for welfare, also preaches very effectively. He infuriates the Jews who have no answer to his arguments. They arrest him, set up false witnesses and bring him to the council. He is accused of speaking against God, the temple and the law of Moses