Now Saul was consenting to his death.
At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.
As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.
The fury unleashed by unbelievers against the fellowship accomplished what they had not yet begun to do. Prior to leaving, Jesus said to the disciples gathered “…you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth...” It is hard to leave our comfort zone, even if it is uncomfortable! The persecution accomplished what Christ foretold. Are we prepared for what appears to be a negative attack coming once more against the church, the bride of Christ? Will we stand in the Word, rooted in our relationship with God? Have we learned to meditate upon the Word day and night, to pray earnestly seeking His face? Are we willingly sharing what He gives us?
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He [is] the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”