January 2, 2018

Posted on January 2, 2018

January 2, 2018

Acts 5:17 — Acts 5:40

17 And the high priest and all those with him, the local sect of the Sadducees, rose up and were filled with jealousy;

18 And they laid their hands on the apostles and put them in public custody.

19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison, and leading them out, said,

20 Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.

21 And when they heard this, they entered about daybreak into the temple and began to teach. And the high priest and those with him came up and called together the Sanhedrin, even all the council of elders of the sons of Israel, and sent men to the prison for them to be brought.

22 But when the officers arrived, they did not find them in the prison; and they returned and reported,

23 Saying, The prison we found locked with all security, and the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened the doors, we found no one inside.

24 Now when they heard these words, both the captain of the temple and the chief priests were utterly perplexed concerning them as to what this would come to.

25 And someone came up and reported to them, Behold, the men whom you put in the prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people.

26 Then the captain with the officers went away and brought them without violence, for they feared the people, lest they would be stoned.

27 And having brought them, they stood them in the Sanhedrin. And the high priest questioned them,

28 Saying, We strictly charged you not to teach based upon this name; and behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.

29 But Peter and the apostles answered and said, It is necessary to obey God rather than men.

30 The God of our fathers has raised Jesus, whom you slew by hanging Him on a tree.

31 This One God has exalted to His bright hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

32 And we are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.

33 But when they heard this, they were exasperated and intended to do away with them.

34 But a certain Pharisee in the Sanhedrin named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law honored by all the people, stood up and commanded that they put the men outside for a little while.

35 And he said to them, Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves, with regard to these men, in what you are about to do.

36 For before these days Theudas rose up, saying that he was somebody, with whom a number of men, about four hundred, took sides. And he was done away with, and all who were persuaded by him were dispersed and came to nothing.

37 After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the enrollment and drew away a group of people after him. And that man perished, and all who were persuaded by him were scattered.

38 And now I say to you, withdraw from these men and leave them alone; for should this counsel or this work be of men, it will be overthrown;

39 But if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them, lest you be found to be even fighters against God.

40 And they were persuaded by him. And having called the apostles to them, they beat them and charged them not to speak based upon the name of Jesus; and they released them.

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