THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
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THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
Greetings to you once again from Daily Bread. Happy to have you here again, to study The Acts
of the Apostles. As you probably might have guessed, it wasn't all smooth
sailing for the Apostles, just as it wasn't for Jesus. In fact, if you're
expecting your walk of faith as a Christian to be any different, you may be
in for some surprises. That's not to discourage you in any way, but
contrarily, to encourage you. There are trials ahead, and each time
you're faced with one, you can smile to yourself, and be confident that
you're following in Jesus' footsteps, because, if you weren't, the adversary
wouldn't have any need to challenge you.
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Now, as we rejoin
the Apostles, guess who's back on the scene. Why of course, it's the
Religious rulers of Jerusalem, the priests, the captain of the Temple, and
the Sadducees. They were upset that Peter and John were teaching the people
about Jesus and preached through Jesus about the resurrection from the dead.
(Remember, the Sadducees don't believe in resurrection.) So they took them
into custody overnight because it was evening.
But, many of the
people who heard the word that day, believed, and that was about 5,000 men.
The next day, the rulers, elders and scribes, and Annas the high priest and
Caiaphas (who Jesus was taken to first, when He was arrested), and John and
Alexander, and the family of Annas, were gathered together at Jerusalem.
They brought Peter and John to their wanna be court and asked, Under whose
authority have you done this? (Does that sound familiar to you? Remember
they asked Jesus the same thing when He was teaching in the Temple
Peter, filled with
the Holy Spirit, answered, You rulers of the people and elders of Israel, If
today we're questioned about the healing of the lame man and how he has been
healed, let it be known to all of you and the people of Israel, that by the
name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from
the dead ... Through Him, this man stands here before you, made well.
Jesus is the stone that was rejected of you builders, that has become the
cornerstone (Psalms 118:22
and Isaiah 28:16). There is salvation in no other,
for there is none other under Heaven through which we can be saved.
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When the leaders
saw the boldness of Peter and John, and sensed that they were uneducated,
they were surprised, and they realized that they'd been with Jesus. Seeing
the man who was healed standing with them, they couldn't say anything
against it. They dismissed Peter and John from the council and discussed
among themselves what they should do with these men, because indeed, a
remarkable miracle had been done by them, for all of Jerusalem to see, and
they couldn't deny it. BUT ... So that the news of this wouldn't spread any
further among the people, they decided to strictly threaten them. They
called Peter and John and ordered them not to speak at all or teach in the
name of Jesus, but Peter and John answered and said, If it's right in the
sight of God to listen to you before God, you judge. We must speak the
things that we've seen and heard. When the council threatened them further,
they let them go, finding no grounds to punish them, for fear of the people,
because they all glorified God for the miracle that was done. After all, the
man was more than forty years old who this miracle of healing was bestowed
When they let them
go, Peter and John went back to the other disciples and told all about what
the priests and elders said to them. When they heard, they all prayed
Lord, you are God, which has made Heaven, earth, the sea, and
everything in them. Who by the mouth of your servant David you said, Why
did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of
the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the
Lord, and against His Christ (Psalms 2:1-2). For of a truth against your
holy Child Jesus, whom you have anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate,
with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel were gathered together to do
whatsoever your hand and your counsel determined before to be done. And
now, Lord, hear their threatening, and grant to your servants, that with
all boldness they may speak your word, by stretching out your hand to
heal, and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of your holy
When they had
prayed, the place where they were assembled together shook and they were all
filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
All those who believed were of one heart and of one soul, and none of them
said that any of the things he possessed was his own but they shared
everything in common. (Commonwealth) None of them wanted for anything,
because whoever joined the Christian movement and owned lands or houses sold
them and brought the money of the things that were sold and laid it at the
Apostles' feet, and the Apostle's distributed it according to everyone's
A man named Joses,
who the Apostles called Barnabas, which means, The son of consolation, a
Levite from Cyprus, sold his land and brought the money and gave it to the
Apostles. You'll be hearing more about Barnabas throughout the book of Acts
as he will be used as a tool for God.
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Well, as you can see again, Peter has come a long way
from the fear of saying, I don't know the man, to boldly
proclaiming, Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the only way on
earth to be saved! As today's Christian disciples, we
have to take a lesson from the Apostles. If you lack
confidence in being bold about spreading the Gospel, or
if you think that you're not wise enough or worthy
enough to glorify the Lord, just remember a couple of
things that that Paul said. In
1 Corinthians 1:26-27 he said, Not many educated, mighty, and well
respected are called, but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to
confound the wise and the weak things of the world to confound the mighty,
and the simple things of the world, and things that are despised, has God
chosen, yes, and things which are as nothing, to bring to nothing, things
Paul explains this yet again in
1 Corinthians 3:18-21, Let no man be
deceived. If any of you seem to be wise in this world, let him become a
fool, that he may be wise (Proverbs 3:7). For the wisdom of this world is
foolishness with God. For it is written, He takes the wise in their own
craftiness (Job 5:13), and also, The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise,
that they're vain (Psalms 94:11).
Let that be the
reason why Jesus had no respect of persons. That means that it didn't matter
to Him if someone was rich or poor, educated or uneducated, strong or weak,
etc. As you've just learned, the Holy Spirit, speaking through you, is all
the Lord wants. He doesn't need you to be a scholar, or anything other than
His vessel that He can speak through. The only thing you have to be ... Is
We'll learn more
about the Acts of the Apostles so we can learn more of how to be a disciple
of the Lord, in our next Daily Bread. Join in again!
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