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Acts 4:13-22 (ESV)
13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. 14 But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition. 15 But when they had commanded them to leave the council, they conferred with one another, 16 saying, “What shall we do with these men? For that a notable sign has been performed through them is evident to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 But in order that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name.” 18 So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20 for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” 21 And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people, for all were praising God for what had happened. 22 For the man on whom this sign of healing was performed was more than forty years old.
- Study Questions:
- Acts 4:13-14
- What do the rulers and elders observe in vv. 13-14? How do they respond to these observations, and how could they have responded instead? What lessons and warnings are there for me regarding pride and truth?
- Consider the parallels between what the rulers attempted and today’s social climate toward speech about Jesus. How have I experienced this?
- What is behind Peter and John’s courage? How can I grow in my courage to speak for Jesus in a forbidding environment?