Acts 4:13-22

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There is an overlap in the reading from Day 10 to Day 11 and verse 13 has actually been included in both days. Matters not to me since verse 13 is worth reading twice.

Now when they (the men on the Jewish council) saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. You need to read this bit to see the contrast of the next verse. But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition.

They were dead set on opposing Jesus and everything about Him but just when they thought He was out of the way they are confronted with a rather “inconvenient truth”. A miracle. The man has undeniably been healed and everyone and his brother have seen it. They might have wondered if maybe, it would be better if they just had not said anything – but oh no, they have arrested these guys and they are likely to look like idiots no matter what they do. Plus they can’t just let them keep talking about Jesus – that’s too threatening – in for a penny, in for a pound now.

“What shall we do with these men? They decided to warn, order, bully and threaten. So they called them (Peter and John) and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. (This makes me wonder how I handle “inconvenient truths”. If I’m found to be wrong – do I go for the cover up? Do I bully and push others around? Or do I quickly submit to the obvious truth – however inconvenient it may be?)

The Jewish leaders give it their best shot but Peter and John are not the least concerned. Rather, they simply decline. “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” (Frankly I never hope to be in the place where I find myself choosing man’s commands over God’s calling. Sometimes the Enemy’s traps are subtle and only relying on the Holy Spirit can point them out.)

While the Jews were busy trying to divert attention from the miracle with empty threats,  the people took the path of believing and rejoicing. (It’s pretty obvious which direction was the most rewarding. I really want to cultivate eyes open to see God at work.)

About God?
Hanging out with Jesus rubs off on you.

About Me?
It’s a lot easier to acknowledge God at work than to deny it.

About the World?
Don’t be bullied into believing a lie.

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