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“When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them. 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.” - Acts 5:33, 40.

Comment:

Seeing that many miracles were being done through the apostles and that many people were being converted to the faith, the high priest and the Sadducees arrested them and threw them into prison. But an angel released them and ordered them to go to the temple and preach, which they did the following morning. (Acts 5:19, 20) There was no small stir however, when the high priest but got report that the cells, though locked, and with guards in front, were empty.

It was while they were pondering over this strange event that news came to them that the apostles were in the temple preaching. Asked why they disobeyed the charge not to preach any more “Peter and the other apostles answered and said, “We ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29) The boldness of the apostles made them to be so angry they wanted to kill them, But Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, intervened and warned them.

“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: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God. Then, after flogging them they let them go.” (Acts 5:12-42) Nobody can stop the work of God from going on. We should strive to play our path with faith and to do so until the end. – 1 Peter 1:6-9; 2 Peter 2:19

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