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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions
Teaching Going Forth Despite Restrictions

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Acts 5:18-42 KJV
(18) And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.
(19) But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,
(20) Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.
(21) And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.
(22) But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned, and told,
(23) Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within.
(24) Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow.
(25) Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.
(26) Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned.
(27) And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,
(28) Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.
(29) Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
(30) The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
(31) Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
(32) And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
(33) When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.
(34) Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;
(35) And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.
(36) For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.
(37) After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.
(38) And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:
(39) But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
(40) And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
(41) And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
(42) And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

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.

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