I hope it was a great weekend for you and that the week is off to a good start. Today we continue the story of Stephen on trial. He left off the last paragraph talking about how God brought Joseph and then all of Israel to Egypt to avoid a famine. In our reading for today we see that the initial welcome in Egypt didn't last.
We know the story, but Stephen's technique is helpful. He's really talking about Jesus, but he lays the groundwork carefully. The story of Jesus doesn't start with Jesus; it starts with the God's relationship with God's people from the beginning. Jesus is the next step in the story of Abraham, Moses, prophets, freedom and exile. Stephen is making the story clear by laying the foundation in events that his audience know well.