Stephen continued addressing the council of Jewish elders (246).
“After 40 more years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the Arabian desert near Mount Sinai. Moses was amazed & went near the bush to get a better look.
“Then he heard God’s voice: ‘I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob.’ Moses trembled with fear & didn’t dare look up. God said, ‘Take your sandals off, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. I have seen the cruel suffering of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groans, and I have come down to set them free. Now I will send you to Egypt.’
“Moses was initially rejected by the people of Israel; ‘Who made you ruler & judge over us?’ they kept asking. But Moses was the one whom God sent to lead the people & set them free.
“As he led them out of Egypt, Moses was used by God to do miracles & wonders in Egypt and at the Red Sea and then for 40 years in the desert.
“Moses was also the one who said to the people of Israel, ‘God will send you a prophet, just as he sent me, and he will be one of your own people.’
“Moses received God’s living messages to pass on to us. But, repeatedly, our ancestors refused to obey him; they pushed him aside and wished that they could go back to Egypt.
“Once, while Moses was talking with God on a mountain-top, the Israelites said to his brother Aaron, ‘Make us some gods who will lead us. We do not know what has happened to your brother, Moses, who brought us out of Egypt.’ It was then that they made an idol in the shape of a calf, offered sacrifice to it, and had a feast in honor of what they themselves had made.
“So God turned away from the children of Israel & gave them over to worship the stars of heaven. This was written in the book of the prophets: ‘People of Israel, it was not to me that you sacrificed animals for 40 years in the desert. Instead, you worshiped idols like Molech & Rephan, your star god. For this, I will send you into exile beyond Babylon.'”
(246) Acts 7:30-43