Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Project 4:4--Day Three Hundred Twenty-Five

Day Three Hundred Twenty-Five, Acts 3-6

Today we have some history of the very beginnings of the church.  After Peter and John have been arrested and released, we have a record of a powerful prayer of the church.  As they know the threats of persecution that they are going to face, they pray, not for deliverance from persecution, but they pray, "Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness."  How was that prayer answered?  "After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly."

We have a beautiful description of how the disciples lived and treated each other, as "all the believers were one in heart and mind.  No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.  With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.  There were no needy persons among them.  For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need."

We also have some wonderful advice that comes, not from a follower of Christ, but form a Pharisee who is very well-respected and honored.  As the members of the Sanhedrin are furious with Peter and John and are ready to kill them, Gamaliel offers this advice:  "Consider carefully what you intend to do to these men...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."

If only he knew how right he was.


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