Chapter 7:1 The high priests said, “Are these things so?”
Chapter 7:2 And he said, “Hear me, brethren and fathers! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran,
Chapter 7:3 and said to him, ‘Leave your country and your relatives, and come into the land that I will show you.’
The high priest at the time was Caiaphas, who we have spoken of earlier and he is asking Stephen to explain himself. In verse 2, we begin the longest sermon recorded in the book of Acts and the theme of the sermon is found in verse 51 in which Stephen states to the people, “you are doing just as your fathers did”. In this sermon, Stephen reminds the people of all the privileges of the nation of Israel and their rejection of God’s messengers and then, finally, in verse 52, Stephen puts the blame for the death of Jesus on the hearers of his sermon.