He appealed to history instead. By an angel of the Lord. These leaders, the highest Jewish authorities in the land, were totally out of control. The conspiracy of the Sanhedrin was equally futile, as our text in Acts chapter 5 makes very clear. Our text follows on the story of two disobedient people whom God struck dead as a warning to the early church against the deadly sin of hypocrisy.
If God offered mercy to the Sanhedrin and to Paul, He has plenty for every sinner who will receive it. Acts 17 , but that is because the degree to which His power is evident and manifested is determined by the sovereign will of God, and not by men. Thank you for your reply. This week we discuss Peter being set free from prison. Then he left them, and they went to their own homes to rest. He told them to return again to the temple and speak boldly to the people who met there. They laid hands on the apostles and put them in a public jail.
Hardly one family on a street professed to follow God. Did they stop teaching and preaching in the name of Jesus? And, through the hands of the apostles, the Holy Spirit accomplished many signs and wonders, confirming their message. True, Boss Hogg may put the Duke boys in jail for a few days, now and then, but his trumped-up charges always fail to hold water and to accomplish his sinister purposes. We should always tell people about Jesus as well! Metal against metal is the cause of much noise. Their ministry was testimony to this, and to their witness was added the witness of the Holy Spirit, through whom the signs and wonders were accomplished. The left side of each letter does not get cut, and you cut around the right sides of the letter.
What need did they have for a Savior? Finding life in Christ and living it out day by day. Some of us are natural-born Bible teachers… and, unfortunately, some of us are not. The Pharisees were more conservative and orthodox in their theology, believing in resurrection, angels, and the supernatural in general. We must always tell others about Jesus. They were thankful to suffer for Jesus.
There were some surprises in store for these men, however. But the High Priest was not happy. Luke has shown himself to be a meticulous historian. With all deliberate dignity, they entered the courtroom. On the one hand we are told they took the advice of Gamaliel, yet we are further told that they beat the twelve before releasing them.
So what did the apostles do? If they do, they could be arrested, put in jail, and even killed. That is the greatest miracle of all. It is in this context of great power and popularity that the Jewish leaders rose up against the apostles, putting them in prison. The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is at the heart of the gospel. And yet the Lord was adding many more—Luke has stopped counting—to the church.
It is at this point that the account of the deaths of Ananias and Sapphira, at the beginning of Acts chapter 5, begins to come into focus. They knew what to do. And so I am not so sure that his premise was correct, even though his advice may have been, in this instance. So the apostles, through their beatings and afflictions, were not only sacrificing their physical bodies, but they were sacrificing who they were as people. The followers of these men were scattered.
The response of the priests and others in that courtroom was highly volatile. When the leaders challenged Peter and John as to their authority much as they had challenged Jesus , these two apostles made it clear that this good deed they had done was accomplished through the power of the risen Christ, the Christ they had rejected and crucified, but whom God had raised from the dead. Though he was a teacher of the Law, his argument was not really theological nor did he appeal to the Scriptures. As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. That would allow the apostles to enter heaven and eternal glory. The intensity of their anger and evil intentions can be seen by what they did do to the twelve. When he gets his second chance, Peter again confronts them with putting Jesus to death by their own hands, by hanging Him on a tree lit.