The Apostles Arrested and Freed (Part 2)
27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, 28 saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name,
yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man's blood upon us.” 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. 30 The
God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness
of sins. 32 And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”
they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them. 34 But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in honor by all the people, stood up and gave orders to put the men
outside for a little while. 35 And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do with these men. 36 For before these days Theudas rose up, claiming
to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing.37 After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and drew
away some of the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were scattered. 38 So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking
is of man, it will fail; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!” So they took his advice, 40 and when
they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to
suffer dishonor for the name. 42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.
today’s reading, the high priest is questioning Peter and the apostles. The high priest said “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name.” Peter makes a very profound statement when he responded “We must obey
God rather than men.” To put this into perspective, we are to obey man’s rules and laws unless they contradict God’s Word. We see this contradiction today especially with the issue of abortion. The government says it is
okay to abort babies, yet God’s Law forbids it. To a Christian, we always go with God when God and the government collide. So this is why Peter responds “We must choose God”. Peter took advantage of the situation and witnessed
to them which angered them to the point they wanted to kill him (violation of 5th Commandment). A famous rabbi came to the rescue, Rabbi Gamaliel. Gamaliel spoke with such wisdom and calmed the crowd down. Basically, he said if
they have made this up… it will die off, but if it is from God, we can’t stop them. What wisdom!
I pray: O Lord, you tell us to pray for wisdom and that is my prayer for today. I
pray for God given wisdom, the wisdom to choose between right and wrong, and wisdom to know when to speak and when to be quiet. I also pray for wisdom when I speak. Amen.