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August 11, 2022
Today’s reading: Acts 3:13, 17-21
The Boldness and courage of the Apostles
We read in Acts 3:13, 17-21:
13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus… 17 But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.”
18 So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. 20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” 21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way of punishing them, because of the people, since they all glorified God for what had been done.
We see here the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. On the Day of Pentecost, the Apostles, along with other believers, received the promised power from God. These people who once cowardly hid in their houses were now in the open proclaiming the name of Yahshua to the people.
Because of the boldness and courage of the apostles, we might have thought that the threats of the religious leaders weren’t scary enough. However, in reality, humanly speaking, the apostles should be scared because these are the same people who were able to put Yahshua to death.
In effect, the religious leaders were telling the Apostles to stop if they didn’t want to get killed just like their Master. The Apostles knew exactly what their enemies were capable of doing and they knew as well how gruesome the death of the Messiah was.
Yet, all the threats of the religious leaders were nothing compared to their courage and boldness. They weren’t scared anymore and now, they were willing to get persecuted, jailed, and even killed for Yahshua.
The power of the Holy Spirit didn’t simply transform the Apostles, but it has also influenced more and more people. The congregation of God grew day by day and sometimes, by the thousands.
Although small in number and weak in influence, the religious leaders weren’t able to extinguish the faith of the converted followers of Yahshua.
This tells us how powerful and earth-shaking Christ’s death and resurrection were. Nothing in the world could stop and destroy God’s true church!
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