We conclude our current series in Acts with one final verse, that kind of belongs to chapter 7 anyway. (Yes, we’ve gone from 54 verses in yesterday’s post to one in today’s. We need a bit of a rest after yesterday.) And it’s a very significant verse, coming straight after Stephen’s martyrdom:8:1 And Saul approved of their killing him. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.
You might remember in our look at Acts as history, we saw how historians liked to show the impact speeches had on the events of history. Here, Stephen’s speech has an immediate impact. It brings down great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, so that many of the believers were scattered.