January 28, 2018: SOAP #2978:  Exodus 21-22; Psalm 12; Acts 4 Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 4:17 But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we [the Sanhedrin,   a council of Jewish leaders] must warn these men to speak no longer to anyone in this name.” 18 Then they called them in again [...]

January 28, 2018: SOAP #2978:  Exodus 21-22; Psalm 12; Acts 4

Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 4:17 But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we [the Sanhedrin,   a council of Jewish leaders] must warn these men to speak no longer to anyone in this name.” 18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
19 But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God. 20 For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
21 After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened.

Observation:   This council was faced with difficult circumstance.   They wanted to quiet all the talk about Jesus.   Everyone living in Jerusalem knew what had happened.   The crippled man, who had just been healed in the name of Jesus, was well known and was STANDING with Peter and John!   What could they say?   They could not deny what had happened!   They commanded Peter and John 'not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.'   Peter and John threw their command back in their face!     They were going to obey God, the very one the Sanhedrin was supposed to represent.

Application:    God likes to work through people to do things that are so obviously His work that they cannot be denied.   God wants to work through me for His glory.

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, may there be some things accomplished through my life that were clearly not done by me, but by the Holy Spirit working through me. May my life bring you glory!  Amen

Pastor Leon
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