Tag: Acts 5:29-32
Scripture reading for April 21st: 1st Samuel 3-5, Psalm 23, Acts 5
Key Scriptures: Acts 5:29-32 “But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, Whom you killed by hanging Him on a tree. God exalted Him at His right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, Whom God has given to those who obey Him.””
The apostles had been arrested for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Sanhedrin admonished them never to speak in Jesus’ Name again. Peter spoke up for the group, telling the Sanhedrin that they would obey God and not men. Peter then exalted Jesus as Savior of these men who had crucified Jesus, calling on them to repent! What amazing grace God gave to those Israelites through the apostles! Their example of obedience to God beacons to us to follow that all men might be saved by our merciful Savior and Leader!
Faith Confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for the example You set of obeying Your Father God and not men. Thank You for the apostles who imitated You. As my Shepherd, help me to hear Your voice today and do Your will in me and through me.
1st Samuel 3:10 “And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak Lord for Your servant hears.””
Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”
Scripture reading for May 11th: Acts 5
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Acts 5:29-32 “Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than men! The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead–whom you had killed by hanging Him on a tree. God exalted Him to His own right hand as Prince and Savior that He might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.””
The leaders of the Jews and the High Priest tried to get the Apostles not to preach in the Name of Jesus. They were really jealous of the crowds, the healings and miracles, and the number of people following the Apostles. The Apostles wisely responded that they must obey God first, and not be influenced by the opposing demands of these men. They had received the Holy Spirit because they obeyed Jesus and received power to be bold witnesses! Even in this polite refusal, they preached the Gospel message of Jesus death and resurrection for the purpose of giving opportunity for repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel. They showed the power and boldness of the Holy Spirit as they fearlessly declared the message of salvation!
Observations for over-comers: Because we love God, over-comers will always obey Him and preach the Gospel to all men. No threat or command to stop can be heeded when God has commanded His word to be spoken! “But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” ” (1st Samuel 15:22)