Saturday, 16 July 2011

Acts 5

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

v.38-39 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.

The way to tell if something is of human origin is to wait. The test of time will reveal all.

Susan said...

v.13-14 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.

People did not join them on a casual basis. The ones who were "added to their number" were the ones who had made a genuine commitment.

Susan said...

v.17 "were filled with jealousy"

The high priest and all his associates have their true motives revealed and unfortunately it wasn't their desire to follow God.

Susan said...

v.20 "Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.”

"this new life" is a Spirit-led life; a Spirit empowered life; a Spirit filled life.

Susan said...

v.30 The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging him on a cross.

(From Peterson's commentary)"The Christian faith is the fulfillment not the contradiction, of Judaism, if Judaism is rightly understood." Pg. 221

Peterson, D.G. (2009). The Acts of the Apostles. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

Susan said...

v.28 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.”

Amazing that just a few weeks earlier they were happy to be guilty of Jesus’ blood. “All the people answered, ‘His blood is on us and on our children!’” (Matt. 27:25).

Susan said...

v.34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while.

Paul (Saul) was one of Gamaliel’s disciples Acts 22:3