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Dr. June Normil
Power of God Exhibited
The high priest and others among the Sadducees had the apostles arrested and jailed because they continued to proclaim Jesus was the Messiah (Acts 5:17-18). Tht night an angel released the apostles and commanded them to continue telling others about Jesus (verses 19-20). Early in the morning, the apostles went to the temple and did just that (verse 21). The high piest ordered that the apostles be brough from jail (verses 21-24). But then the report came that they were gone. Astonishingly, the apostles were in the temple teaching the people. Guards were sent to bring the apostles before the Sanhedrin, but they did not use force out of fear for a rebellion among ther people (verse 26). When brought before the Sanhedrin, the apostles defended themselves by saying that they had to obey God, not man. Furthermore, they laid the blame for the crucifixion on the Jewish leaders (verse 29-30). The Sanhedrin members were incensed and wanted the apostles put to death , but a Pharisee named Gamaliel counseled against taking that action (verses 33-40). Others groups had followed revolutionary leaders only to disband when the leaders were killed. If they let this "Jesus movement" run its course, it likely would fail if it was of man. But if God was in it, the Jewish leaders would in fact be opposing God. The Sanhedrin took the advice, had the apostles beaten, and released them with a clear command to preach no more. The apostles went away rejoicing that they were counted worthy of suffering for Jesus' sake (verse 41-42). Persecution did not cause them to despair or shrink back. Instead, they cotinued to proclaim Christ with boldness. Strong commitment is necessary in order to follow Jesus faithfully in the face of opposition. Considering all that He has done for you, would you be willing to suffer for Him?
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Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 96 Number 3 Mar. Apr. May 2015 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil