What do you do when someone tells you not to teach?

Acts Bible Background

06.22.2016 New Testament: Acts 5.27–28

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 5.17–42 on June 22, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

The Jewish authorities had commanded the preaching apostles not to teach publicly anymore, but they kept doing it, leading their to arrest. Then Luke wrote,

And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, saying, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!” (Acts 5.27–28). 

What were the apostles to do? The Lord commanded them to preach and to teach. Men commanded them not to do it. What would you have done? Notice also the slick trick that the Jewish authorities used on the apostles, accusing them of bringing the blood of Jesus upon them! No, the apostles were not doing that, but the Jewish authorities in demanding the crucifixion of Jesus, and in trying to stop His followers, kept “this Man’s blood,” on them!

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