Shortly after the miraculous healing of the lame man, Peter and John were standing outside the Jerusalem temple, on Solomon’s portico when they were apprehended by the priests and sadducees who felt threatened by the apostles’ preaching.
“1 Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, 2 being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.” (Acts 4:1-2)
Peter and John were speaking to the large number of people who had just witnessed the miracle performed at the temple gate. Both apostles were teaching the Jews about the truth surrounding Jesus, the begotten son of God and promised Messiah.
The priests on duty at the temple, accompanied by the chief of security and the Sadducees took offense to Peter and John’s preaching since it contradicted their teaching and beliefs.
The priests were Jewish teachers who did not believe that Jesus was resurrected from the dead, while the Sadducees did not believe in the prophecies of the old testament other than Moses’.
“3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening.” (Acts 4:3)
Because they were to be accused of three offenses, first the teaching of the apostles on temple ground, then teaching in the name of the Christ and finally, their claim to be witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, Peter and John were arrested and held in prison until their case could be tried the following day.
“4 However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.” (Acts 4:4)
The Lord used this public display to reinforce the message delivered by His servants Peter and John, that Yeshua was indeed the promised MEssiah and risen Christ.
This day in Jerusalem, the message preached by the apostles of Jesus lead more men to believe and be saved, now cumulating at over five thousand. Let’s pray!
We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant Luke,
We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful apostle.
Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.
God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.
May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.
We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre