RE Verse reading–Acts 6:1-15, 7:1-60 (day one) “You stiff-necked people! . . .You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit” (7:51) It was a terrible moment. A moment of truth. Stephen was preaching his synagogue sermon (the one for which he was killed). He had traced Jewish history from Old Testament to present moment with this conclusion–the Jewish nation (as a whole) had always resisted the Holy Spirt, and with devastating results. The word is antipipto. It literally means “to fall against, to oppose even if the opposition means falling yourself” Similar to what the Lord says to Paul in Acts 26:14. “Why do you kick against the goads?” Why do you continue to fight, even when it becomes clear that your resistance is hurting you? Good question. Sad question. Why do people continue to resist God, even when it means destruction? What is it about a full surrender to God that raises such irrational, stubborn resistance in our sinful hearts?