The Sanhedrin Exposed: Acts 7:51-53
““*51) You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did. 52) Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who had previously announced the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become; 53) you who received the law as ordained by angels, and yet did not keep it.”” Acts‬ ‭7‬:‭51‬-‭53‬
In these three verses, Stephen drives the nail home. He points out that the Sanhedrin was on the wrong side of history. They lined up with the Old Testament actors who constantly opposed God.
They followed those who resisted the Spirit, persecuted the prophets and killed those who prophesied about the coming work of Christ. They betrayed and killed the Messiah. They gave lip service to the Law where it empowered them, but they did not keep it. They used it to exploit and control people.
Beware who you follow as spiritual leaders. Some churches and denominations may be anchored in noble historical movements but have long since turned from God. Look at the now. Be a good fruit inspector. If it is not real and sincere, anchored in biblical truth, focused on Jesus Christ, filled with faith and the Holy Spirit, then turn and depart quickly.
Stephen was not about to yield to the Sanhedrin, instead he opted to expose them. They were aligned against God. They were opposed to the truth. When confronted their true temperament came out. They were messengers of death.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global