44 “Our fathers had the tent of witness in the wilderness, just as he who spoke to Moses directed him to make it, according to the pattern that he had seen. 45 Our fathers in turn brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations that God drove out before our fathers. So it was until the days of David, 46 who found favor in the sight of God and asked to find a dwelling place for the God of Jacob.[a] 47 But it was Solomon who built a house for him. 48 Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands, as the prophet says,
49 “‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord, or what is the place of my rest?
50 Did not my hand make all these things?’ (Acts 7:44-50)
History of Israel 4. A Temple for God in the Promised Land
Stephen continues, ‘In the steppe there was the special tent where God spoke with Moses, during the years of the Israelites being nomads.
‘Then in Jerusalem there was the temple. God gave permission for King David to make plans for the house of God, which Solomon his son would build.
‘But, of course, God sits in heaven; and because he made the whole earth he does not need a man-made house for living among us.’
In his defence Stephen has shown great honour to Moses, and respect for the temple. What about his accusers? In his conclusion we will find how he accuses them of being rebellious against God just like their ancestors had been.
Read on next time to find how the Council reacts to the accusation.