Acts 4: 1-10….The leaders act; Peter responds!

And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand.
On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well.

Comment: Peter, as seen yesterday, didn’t speak to win tolerance but converts. Thus, it is not surprising to find the leaders putting John and him under arrest to await trial. But we do get a brief glimpse to see that Peter’s preaching had been to a moderately large crowd and also very successful!

We are told that the ‘judges’ were from the Sadducee persuasion and thus didn’t believe in life after death. So the two men on trial knew that their judges already had strong views against them. Nevertheless Peter hammers home that they were the ones who murdered Jesus; God had raised Jesus from the dead; And Jesus was the One who had healed the crippled man! Good on you, Pete!

Prayer: Help me to be bold for You, Lord. But please preserve me from offensive brashness.

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