Acts 5:29-32 – 2/16/16
“Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings! The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead – whom you killed by hanging him on a cross. God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.””
Observation/Interpretation: To give some backstory to better understand the context of these verses, the apostles had been healing all those who were sick and demon possessed in Jerusalem. Crowds were gathering all around the town so that even just Peter’s shadow might fall on them as he passed by. The religious leaders became very jealous of the apostles. Verse 17 says they “were filled with jealousy.” So, they arrested the apostles and had them put in the public jail. But during the night and angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought the apostles out. The angel told them to go into the temple courts and tell the people about a life with Christ. The apostles were then brought in to appear before the Sanhedrin, the religious leaders. The leaders confronted the apostles reminding them that they strictly instructed them not to teach in Jesus’ name. Now, come to our study verses, they are the apostles reply. The apostles go on to say that they must serve God rather than man. That when it comes down to contradicting orders from God and, in this instance the religious leaders, that God has priority. They then go on to describe the greatness of God. How he raised Jesus from the dead. How he exalted Jesus to “his own” right hand as Prince and Savior bringing forgiveness of sins. The apostles go on to say how they are witnesses of all that they have just expressed. Its not just some story or thing that they heard and now believe, no! They themselves are witnesses of Jesus and his ministry. His death and resurrection.
Application: After hearing the apostle’s statement, even if I had no idea bout Jesus or Christianity, I would still rather listen to God than a bunch of self-righteous leaders who think they have it right. I need to make sure I am listening to the Lord and Him alone.
How: I will wake up at 6 tomorrow to spend time with the Lord instead of listening to my flesh and falling back asleep.