September 21

Do what God says!

by Pat Norman

Imagine being with Peter and the other apostles, teaching the “good news” about Jesus, in Solomon’s Colonnade, while healing and casting out demons among those gathered. Then consider how it must have felt to be abruptly seized by the jealous Sadducees and thrown into the public jail to await sentencing.
But what happened during the night must have been awesome. An angel of the LORD came to take them out of jail and told them to go back to the temple courts to teach the people about Jesus. In the morning, the chief priests, with the full assembly of Israel, expected to have the apostles brought before them but were told, “We found the jail securely locked, with the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside.” Acts 5:23 Imagine how puzzled they were. How could this happen?
When Peter and the apostles were found teaching in the temple courts, they were brought before the high priest (wonder why he did not ask how they escaped) who said, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in his name, yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.” Peter replied,” We must obey God rather than men!” Acts 5: 38-39 The Sanhedrin were furious with everything else Peter said about Jesus and their witness and wanted to kill the apostles, but they were convinced by Gamaliel, a respected Pharisee, and teacher of the law, to trust the apostle’s purpose to either fail—if by human design or prevail—if by God.

The apostles left rejoicing that they had been arrested, thrown into jail, freed by an angel, seized again, interrogated, ordered not to teach, flogged and set free again, all for doing what God said to do for the name of Jesus. Imagine that!

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