Day 119 - Acts 4

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V. 1-12 The religious leaders hated the name of Jesus, and did all in their power to stop the preaching of the death and resurrection of Christ. Notice what they did to innocent men. In their religious activity, they show themselves to be the enemies of God, because they are acting according to their own will. (Think this over carefully). When Jesus was here on earth, they rejected Him in His humiliation, now they reject Him in His glory in heaven.
V. 11 The builders were the religious leaders. (What a contrast to the builders of the tabernacle in Ex. 37). Israel had refused their Messiah, and the kingdom was therefore deferred. But heavenly citizens are instead being gathered into a new, eternal, and heavenly body of people, called the church. God has become a Father to each one who believes. From here on we are going to read of the growth of the church, (the assembly, is the proper word), and also of the violent opposition Satan raised up against it. Had the disciples not been opposed by the leaders of the Jews, they would not have had the opportunity to preach the gospel in their council meeting.
V. 13-22 They could not deny the miracles (verse 16), but they rejected the Word from God. They command them to stop preaching in the name of Jesus. Peter and John give a powerful answer.
V. 23-30 Here we notice that the assembly was becoming seen as one group.
V. 31-37 What a demonstration of the power of God. Great power and great grace, in one verse! Day 120 Acts 5
V. 1-11 This man and his wife try to deceive the others by pretending they had brought all the money. But in doing so, they bring out the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in the assembly. God does not overlook pretending. They were really lying to the Holy Ghost by their action.
V. 12-16 There was so much power in the assembly that those in whom there was no reality feared to associate with them. The Lord was the Center of this newly-formed company of believers, and many more were added to them.
V. 17-32 Envy and frustration fill the rulers; they imprison the apostles. The miraculous delivery. They do not stop preaching. They are filled with Christ. Peter makes a clear and powerful statement.
V. 33-40 Murder rises in their heart! John 8:4444Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (John 8:44) is worth turning to. God interferes, and delivers the apostles. But not without their being beaten. Notice the name of the Person which most bothers them! V. 41-42 But that Name has the opposite effect on the faithful apostles. They rejoiced... they suffered. Their main theme? "Jesus Christ".