“…a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution” (v1). Even when the early Church consisted mainly of Jewish believers, cultural differences divided people. The “Hellenists” (Greek-speaking Jews) felt that their needy widows were not being given as much support as the “Hebrews” (traditional Jews). Recognizing this, the apostles wisely appointed Greek-speaking leaders to take care of distribution so that nothing would hinder the unity and growth of the Church (v2-6).
“And the number of disciples multiplied greatly …” (v7). When we allow the Spirit to help us overcome our human prejudices and divisions, Jesus is glorified and believers are multiplied.