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The Counsel of a Wise Man

by on March 4, 2014

The religious leaders were angry that Peter and the apostles were preaching and healing the people.

Then the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with indignation, and they put the apostles in prison.

An angel delivered them and set them free!

And when they heard that, they entered the temple early in the morning and taught.

But the high priest and those with him came and called the council together, with all the elders of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.

But the apostles were not in the prison! An angel had delivered them and now they were preaching to the Spiritually hungry people.

Then the captain went with the officers and brought them without violence, for they feared the people, lest they should be stoned. And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them,

 “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!”

But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.

The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree.

Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.” 

 When they heard this, they were furious and plotted to kill them.

Then one in the council stood up, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in respect by all the people, and commanded them to put the apostles outside for a little while.

 And he said to them:

“Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do regarding these men. 

And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for

If this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but

If it is of God, you cannot overthrow it—

Lest you even be found to fight against God.” 

And they agreed with him.

From Acts 5:17-42

Gamaliel was a teacher respected for his wisdom. He stood up and wisely addressed the religious leaders. He correctly pointed out that they could easily be found on the wrong side of the discussion. The leaders took the advice.

Be careful who you support and who you oppose. God is working. You can be found to work against God. Wise men like Gamaliel can prevent that from happening. His kind are desperately needed today. May his tribe increase.

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