Acts Chapter Four part 4, A study of Acts 4:17, Acts 4:18 & 19, Acts 4:20, and Acts 4:21 & 22

Acts 4:17

"'But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn these men to speak no longer to anyone in this name.'" NIV translation

The religious leaders are wrapping up their meeting about what to do with Peter and John. They have already figured out that ignoring the situation or denying it happened are not going to work. Now, they simply decide to tell them not to do it (speak about Jesus) anymore.

Are we so boldly declaring the name of the Lord that the enemies of God want us to shut up or are we going about our lives not even being noticed in the struggle for men's souls?

Acts 4:18 & 19

"Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, 'Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God.'" NIV translation

Now the religious leaders decide to limit the problem by telling Peter and John to quit teaching about Jesus. Can you imagine the surprise on their faces when they received the answer to their order?

We, like Peter and John, have situations where those that are in charge try to make us do something that goes against God's Word. 

It is well for us to remember the answer that Peter and John gave them. We have to remember what is right in God's sight and hold firm in the faith that God is control. Are you faithful through the tough times?

Acts 4:20

"'For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.'" NIV translation

Here Peter and John are telling the religious leaders why they cannot stop teaching about Jesus. Does their answer describe you in your daily walk? I remember when I was first baptized and the excitement that I had. I wanted to tell the whole world what had happened to me. That is kinda what they are describing in this verse.

Acts 4:21 & 22

"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. For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old." NIV translation

Finally, the religious leaders decide to let Peter and John go because they didn't know what to do with them. The people who had witnessed the miracle were praising God and it was impossible to deny that it happened. The question for us today is are we such bold Christians that it is impossible for those who have met us to come to any other conclusion than praising God?

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