Standing Strong

The Jewish elders put Peter & John out of the room, and then they started discussing & debating the case among themselves (235).

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“What is to be done with these men?” they asked. “Everyone in Jerusalem knows that this extraordinary miracle has been done through them & we cannot deny it.

“But we have to keep this matter from spreading any further among the people.  So let’s warn these men never again to speak to anyone in the name of Jesus.”

Peter & John were called back into the council room, and they were warned never again to speak or teach in the name of Jesus.  The two witnesses responded, “You judge which is right in God’s sight — to obey you, or to obey God!

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We have been commanded by God to speak of all that Jesus did & said — which we have seen & heard.”

With great bluster, the council warned them even more strongly not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus.  But then they set Peter & John free!

The council members realized that punishing Peter & John wouldn’t go over well, because the people were all praising God for the miraculous healing of the man who had been lame for 40 years.

 

(235) Acts 4:15-22