Did the Sanhedrin intend to fulfill a prophecy of Jesus? No way! But that's what they did. Acts of hatred often backfire upon the hater, but the episode we're about to study must be enshrined in the Unintended Consequences Hall of Shame. After Stephen's murder, which we've just read about in the book of Acts, the ruling council determined to use any means necessary to stamp out this "gospel." They didn't realize they would be spreading the gospel.
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