January 3rd, 2007
Waiting on tables is not everyone’s idea of a great job. The pay is normally pretty poor. The hours are often long and inconvenient, sometimes stretching late into the night. The patrons may sometimes be demanding and abusive. There’s a lot of standing up, which can be tiring. If there’s a mess going on, the waiter is the one who has to clean it up. If there are complaints to be made, the waiter is the one who gets to hear them. It’s the type of job which you might take on to help pay the bills while you’re studying at university, but it’s not normally the type of job that you’d want to have as your career ambition.
The Acts of the Apostles — Chapter 6
6:1 In those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, the Greek speaking Jews complained about the Hebrew speakers, because their widows were being neglected in the daily food distribution. 6:2 The twelve convened a meeting of the disciples and said, “It is not appropriate for us to abandon the word of God to serve at tables. 6:3 So choose from amongst you seven well respected men, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we can put in charge of this business. 6:4 We will continue to devote ourselves to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
6:5 The crowd were happy with this proposal. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a convert to Judaism from Antioch. 6:6 They presented these men to the apostles. They prayed and placed their hands on them. 6:7 God’s message spread and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem grew considerably. A substantial number of priests became followers of the faith.
6:8 Stephen, full of faith and power, performed great wonders and signs amongst the people. 6:9 But some people from the so-called synagogue of Free Men — some Cyrenians, some Alexandrians, and some people from Cilicia and Asia — argued with Stephen. 6:10 They were unable to match the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke. 6:11 They secretly persuaded some men to say, “We have heard him say blasphemous things against Moses and God.” 6:12 They stirred up the people, the elders, and the religious lawyers. They arrested him and brought him to the council, 6:13 and set up false witnesses who said, “This man never stops saying blasphemous things against this holy place and the law. 6:14 We have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place, and will change the customs which Moses gave us.” 6:15 Everyone in the council stared at Stephen and saw that his face was like the face of an angel.
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