Bible Reading Day 174
Day 174: June 23 (Acts 5:17-42)
Today’s reading has so many factors in common with what we have seen already in the book of Acts; the same factors seen throughout Jesus’ ministry.
God is moving powerfully, with a desire that everyone find salvation in Him. His servants are humbly obeying God’s instructions, qualifying them to see God’s power at work through them. Their obedience is rewarded with fierce opposition from those who are supposed to be the servants of God – the religious leaders and their power base. In every conflict between the true servants of God and the religious powerful, there are similiar traits: truth and obedience are met with fury and threats.
Here is an example from today’s reading, starting from verse 29: “We must obey God rather than any human authority. 30The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead after you killed him by hanging him on a cross. 31Then God put him in the place of honor at his right hand as Prince and Savior. He did this so the people of Israel would repent of their sins and be forgiven. 32We are witnesses of these things and so is the Holy Spirit, who is given by God to those who obey him. 33When they heard this, the high council was furious and decided to kill them.”
When there is a conflict like this, it is important to remember that God does not lose. The question is only whether we will choose God’s side or not. As Rabbi Gamaliel points out later in the chapter: “If this is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You may even find yourselves fighting against God!” So, although our battle is not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12), we must be prepared to obey God in the face of opposition by those who claim to know God, as well as from those who claim to oppose Him. The key is to iisten to God and obey!
Have a great day!