Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: Nehemiah 10-11; Acts 4:1-22
13 The council was caught by surprise by the confidence with which Peter and John spoke. After all, they understood that these apostles were uneducated and inexperienced. They also recognized that they had been followers of Jesus. 14 However, since the healed man was standing with Peter and John before their own eyes, they had no rebuttal. 15 After ordering them to wait outside, the council members began to confer with each other. 16 “What should we do with these men? Everyone living in Jerusalem is aware of the sign performed through them. It’s obvious to everyone and we can’t deny it. 17 To keep it from spreading further among the people, we need to warn them not to speak to anyone in this name.” 18 When they called Peter and John back, they demanded that they stop all speaking and teaching in the name of Jesus.
19 Peter and John responded, “It’s up to you to determine whether it’s right before God to obey you rather than God. 20 As for us, we can’t stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” 21 They threatened them further, then released them. Because of public support for Peter and John, they couldn’t find a way to punish them. Everyone was praising God for what had happened, 22 because the man who had experienced this sign of healing was over 40 years old. (Acts 4:13-22, Common English Bible)
Sometimes, the thoughts and the logic of the human creature is just silly. Not everyone’s thoughts and logic. It doesn’t even happen all the time. But, when it does, it can absolutely make you do a double take, make you stop and say, “What was that?”
Today’s Acts lesson is just one of those times. Peter and John healed a man who, for that day and time was pretty elderly (and the thought of that makes me feel old since I am half-again that old), The people around them were amazed and praised God. That is the people minus the council members who were looking for a way to arrest the two. And, filled with the Holy Spirit, again, give them an answer about a man who had bee sick for years and Peter and John healed him.
As usual, the Pharisees couldn’t stop the movement of Christianity. They weren’t without their efforts but the debate brought them to their knees, as it were. They were really surprised. These two (with the help of the Holy Spirit) whipped the snot out of them in the debate and that shocked the Pharisees. Here were two uneducated, inexperienced, unsophisticated fishermen who come off as some kind of experts in rhetoric.
There really wasn’t much the council could do to Peter and John so they just told them to cease and desist. Once again Peter and John put them in their place essentially saying, “Do what ya gotta do and we will do what we gotta do.
For me, it all comes down to this. The council believed in an omnipotent God (allegedly). And yet, over and over again, they forget that God is in the miracle business.
How soon they forget, and so do we.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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