|Teaching Going Forth Despite Restrictions
Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
Going to jail is a pretty good restriction to the ability of being able to teach the word to the public. It does not stop you necessarily from speaking to other prisoners. Yet in this case the apostles were called to speak in the temple, in the streets and in the homes of the people that would listen.
What the apostles were teaching was about Jesus and it seem to cause a disturbance. It caused a disturbance because it laid blame for his death on the Jewish people. Yet we all are guilty of nail Christ to cross with our sins. The problem is people of the Jewish faith that did not recognize Christ has Savior and Lord, understood not what had happened in Jerusalem. Jerusalem a very transient place. Priest would come and go back to their own village. Jewish people would come and go because of business. To be accused of event you were not even hear for they could not even begin to understand. Of course the time of Christ death was at the passover, but some scholar think Christ death was at the second passover, not the first. The second passover for a small crowd for those serving at the time of the first passover. The absents of Jewish people were possible. Trying to set the stage for the uproar of the crowd the apostles were speaking too. The crowd of listeners causing a disturbance would get the apostle in jail because they kept saying Jews killed Jesus. Someone first thought if you hear someone killed someone is kill the one that killed. Jesus resurrection only brought him to teach love to the Jewish people. Why is disturbance happening. Did the apostles forget to teach love. The preaching of what happened was to bring repentances of the Jewish people. To bring the guilt before a society of sin. Yet by Jewish law Jesus had declare his Lordship, that was worthy of death, because the Jews understood not who he was. They could not see they were blinded to the truth even with miracles and healing that took place. This blindness was for a purpose.
The apostles are in jail and angel releases them and told them to continue to teach. God not displeased with them, but the legal leaders are upset that the prisoners escaped and now were teaching once more. They brought the prisoners to stand before the council of the city to discuss the problem. The council decided what they taught was good and so allowed it with the thought of the rebellion that rose up would diminish if it was not of God. They were not against the teaching just against them preaching in the name of Jesus.
The point is this, if God be before us who was against us. The apostle went out rejoicing that they suffered for the gospel sake and the name of Jesus. When we label all are guilty of putting Christ on the cross, because of sin, the idea must mean the continue the cross continues. It about Jesus taking our burdens as we lay them at the cross, and Jesus saying Father forgive them for they know not what they do, thus interceding on our behalf when we make mistakes to God.
Today if the believer is not careful they can produce hate instead of love. We need to generate love and not hate. To teach love of Christ, the law of faith, and the law of hope, despite where someone comes from, or what they do, is a challenge sometimes. Yet love is a challenge anyway. Loving people is what God has commanded us to do.
Dear Heavenly Father teaches us with the love of Christ. Teach with hope and faith in which is pure and undefiled in you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Luke 23:2-5 KJV
(2) And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.
(3) And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest it.
(4) Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man.
(5) And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place.