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Acts 4: Peter, John told to not preach; Yeah, RIGHT

I read this passage this morning while trying to recover from a headache, but still, there were some very fascinating things to learn about Acts 4: the early church in action and how it grows.

At this stage of this blog and my Bible reading, I’m trying to decide: should I read five chapters of the Bible a day and blog about two of them or just read what I’ll blog about? I’m thinking I’ll do the latter. Years ago, I knew a man who had a challenge for himself of reading the Bible all the way through in a month. Well, if you’re the kind who reads quickly and comprehensively and has an hour or two set aside, sure. If I could do that, I’d have to allot another two hours to write about what I read. For now, since I’m getting back into daily Bible reading after an embarrassingly-long hiatus, I prefer to read a little at a time. We’ll see what happens.

I took a lot of notes as I read Acts 4 since it’s a chapter I haven’t read in a while. In fact, the last time I read through the book of Acts was when I was at college around 14 years ago. Way too long.

As expected, those in the Temple were not very happy with Peter and John preaching about Jesus in the Temple. Especially since we learn that 2,000 more people came to know the Lord as a result. After all, wasn’t Jesus (or Y’shua bin Yosef, as the Jewish authorities preferred to call him) already taken care of? He was crucified and buried and his body (according to them) stolen. They’d hoped to move on with their lives.

They asked P&J what power they had to heal the lame man, and Peter said the power came from Jesus, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. Referencing Psalm 118 and Isaiah 28, Peter referred to Jesus as the corner stone.

Peter’s words astonished the authorities: how can uneducated, unlearned men be so bold?

After a consultation where they realize they couldn’t explain away the miracle, they ordered Peter and John not to tell anyone of this incident.

Yeah, riiiiiiiiiiiiight.

Then Peter said something in verse 19 that I really, really like: Do you think God wants us to obey Him or you? We can’t not speak of it!

We then learn Peter and John were released since they did nothing punishable–apparently, getting on someone’s nerves wasn’t a punishable offense under Mosaic Law or Roman Law. We also learn why this lame man was so happy. He was over 40 years old and could now walk!

Later, Peter and John met with the other disciples and prayed to God and asked for boldness and the continued ability to heal. The place was shaken, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit. Prayer answered.

Finally, verses 32-37 talk about the continued giving as the early believers shared things in common. Houses and land were sold and the money was used to help out the less fortunate believer. It was distributed evenly.

No, this wasn’t socialism: in socialism, the government in its finite wisdom takes money from people it perceives as having too much and gives it to whom it perceives to be needy. This was people willingly giving of their own money in general generosity among believers. Lastly, we learn that Barnabas even sold his land and gave the money to the disciples.

This is what I like to refer to as “True Christianity”. I’ll have to link to some old columns of mine about this matter.

Richard Zowie’s an active blogger with three other WordPress accounts. Post a comment or e-mail him at richardstwoshekels@gmail.com.

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