Peter and the apostles were brought before the Sanhedrin because of their boldness in preaching Christ as the resurrected Savior. Of course, the Sanhedrin weren’t too happy with them but the apostles did not back down. As you read the account in Acts, a widely respected Pharisee comes to bat for the apostles and helps them get off the hook this time. This man advises the council to let the men go-that if their mission is of human origin it will fail anyway. But if their mission is from God, there would be no stopping them and then the council would be pitting themselves against God. His speech persuaded them to release the apostles.
So, who was this man who was willing to risk his reputation for the apostles? Gamaliel, who was a Pharisee and a former teacher of Saul (Paul). Something about that was so exciting when I read it in my Bible study. Saul studied under a teacher who was a Pharisee but yet exhibited grace and mercy that was foreign to other teachers of the law. Paul would later become quite an expert on the subject of grace. God paved the way for his understanding of grace while he was still a Pharisee, learning and observing the strict teachings of the law. I love seeing how God is in the details.
This one Pharisee recognized that with God all things were possible, and that plans set in motion by Him would not fail. The apostles knew from whom their mission originated and they weren’t thinking about giving up.
I have the same privilege-teaching the love of Christ to my little students. I have the very same mission. Some days it’s easier than others, but I should never give up. I don’t face a fraction of the opposition that the apostles faced and I know who’s backing my efforts. May I be encouraged to teach Christ and His grace day after day after day after day.
And yes, I am going through Beth Moore’s study about Paul. I’m only on the first week. Can’t wait for our next video session! And guess who’s doing the study with me? My hubby! Shh…….you didn’t hear that from me.
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