Moses Episode 1: Shoving Moses Aside
An ugly scene recorded in verse 27 shows an ancient father shoving Moses aside, a symbolic action manifesting Israel’s rejection of God’s appointed deliverer. As Stephen prepares to make a charge against his accusers -v51-, he not only shows that he indeed reverences Moses but he also shows from Scripture that the Jewish people have a long history of rejecting Moses. The deep roots of this rejection are exposed in their spiritual blindness and hardness of heart. Past and present are linked together as Stephen shows that the same spiritual principles which were at play in the fathers rejection of Moses are involved in the current Jewish rejection of Jesus Christ.