he had appointed
7:44 he had appointed. Stephen reminds the council that the temple of which they were so zealous had not actually been appointed by God, as the movable tabernacle in the wilderness had. God had even given Moses all the detailed specifications for the tabernacle, which He had not done for the temple. Although God had accepted and blessed the temple with His presence, the building itself was not sacred and was not destined to last forever. In fact, the existing temple had been built by the Edomite Herod, who cared nothing for God and had built it only for political reasons. Jesus had predicted it would soon be destroyed (Luke 21:5-6).