The Wisdom of Gamaliel

The court proceedings continue (Acts 5). The Sanhedrin are mad and want to kill the Apostles but there is one in the group, a Pharisee in the Sanhedrin and a teacher of the law who stands up to speak. This man, Gamaliel, is the man who was the teacher of Saul who later becomes the Apostle Paul. He first orders the Apostles be removed from the room and he addresses the court. He warns them that they better be careful on how they handle this situation. He cites examples of men like Theudas and Judas the Galilean who led uprisings but they were killed and their band of followers disbanded and you don’t hear about them now. He then said “have nothing to do with the Apostles because if this is just a human endeavor it will collapse but if this is from God you will never be able to stop it. You can’t fight against God but if you do you will lose.”

So to save face, they call the Apostles back in and order them to be flogged and ordered them to stop speaking in the name of Jesus and they let them go.

The conclusion is, “so they left the presence of the Sanhedrin rejoicing that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of The Name. And all day long at the Temple and in their homes they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the Christ Jesus.”

Thanks be to God.

Author: Karen Epp

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