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For the Jews, place was very important. Israel was where Europe, Africa, and Asia met. At the center of Israel was Jerusalem, and at the center of Jerusalem was the temple. That is where God met with man.
By evoking Abraham, Joseph, and Moses, Stephen shows that God can speak to his people while they're in Mesopotamia, Egypt, or the land of Midian. When the house of God becomes an idol, God will burn it down. Jesus was the dwelling place of God, and now we as living stones make up the true temple of God.
Questions for personal reflection and/or group discussion