Gamaliel’s Advice

When they heard this, they were furious and plotted to kill them. 34 Then one in the council stood up, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in respect by all the people, and commanded them to put the apostles outside for a little while. 35 And he said to them: “Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do regarding these men. 36 For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody. A number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was slain, and all who obeyed him were scattered and came to nothing. 37 After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census, and drew away many people after him. He also perished, and all who obeyed him were dispersed. 38 And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; 39 but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it—lest you even be found to fight against God.”

40 And they agreed with him, and when they had called for the apostles and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. 42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ. — Acts 5:33-42.

The council members are furious upon hearing the apostles’ testimony of Jesus and censure of them and plot to kill them. Then a teaching Pharisee, Gamaliel, who is respected by all the people, command to put the apostles outside for a little while. He addresses the council about their intentions regarding the apostles. He cites the examples of Theudas and Judas of Galilee who led insurrections against the authorities but failed. He warns the council to keep away from the apostles contending that if their plan or work is human, it will fail; but if it is of God, they would not be able to oppose it and even be found to fight against God.

The council agrees with him. They call the apostles, have them flogged, and command them not to speak in the name of Jesus. They are then released. The apostles leave the council, rejoicing that they are counted worthy to suffer shame for Jesus’ sake. Daily they continue to teach and preach Jesus as the Christ in the temple courts and in every house.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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