Thursday, March 12, 2020

In their own words: Day 16

Day 16 - Acts 5.29

But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than any human authority.

The disabled man who was healed by Peter (see yesterday’s story), was overjoyed, but the Temple authorities weren’t. Who did Peter think he was? What training and authorisation did he have? And wasn’t he one of the followers of that troublemaker, Jesus, who, they think, they have only just got rid of.
Peter and John are summoned before them, and forbidden to preach about Jesus, an edict they decide to ignore. Once again they are arrested, but they refuse to be quiet. “We must obey God rather than any human authority,” says Peter. Peter and the other apostles choose to do what is right rather than what is expedient or convenient or safe for themselves

·         Have you ever felt you needed to speak out, but knew that to do so would be costly for you?  What happened and how do you feel about it now?

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