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Boldly Obedient

May 29, 2023

Acts 5:29
But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.

The Apostle Peter was quite a guy.  He was always one of the most outspoken and bold of all of the Lord’s disciples.  He was the first to identify Jesus as the Messiah, the Christ.  He took the lead among the other twelve, and when Jesus was arrested, he lopped off the ear of a slave in defense of the Lord.  He was ready to die!  But was he ready to die in the name of the Messiah? How do you think Peter felt when his “Messiah” allowed Himself to be taken and placed on trial?  Could Jesus really be the Messiah?  He certainly was not acting very Messiah-like.  So, when confronted, Peter denied the Lord three times.  The scripture tells us that their eyes met, and Peter ran away weeping bitterly (Luke 22:54-62).  Fortunately for Peter, the story does not end there.  After His resurrection, our Lord restores Peter to his office of Apostle.  I can imagine that Peter had to “brush himself off” and keep going after having such a mighty fall.  He began speaking the gospel of Jesus Christ boldly, refusing to be silenced.  Then we have this passage from Acts 5: “When they had brought them, they stood them before the Council. The high priest questioned them, saying, ‘We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.’  But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than men.’” (v.27-29)

It would have been easier for the Apostles to just do as they were told.  The religious leaders of their day would have just left them alone.  But because obedience to God was more important than obeying the authorities, these men ultimately received a martyr’s death. I encourage everyone who reads this to take a stand.  Share your faith.  Obey God rather than men.  Read, meditate, and apply the Bible in your life. Treat the Bible as your guidebook for living.  It is the source material.  When Saul, the king of Israel, disobeyed God, God reminded Saul of this principle: “to obey is better than sacrifice” (I Samuel 15:22b).  Walk in obedience to the Word of God and you will always please your heavenly Father!!!

Dave F. 

‘69 / ‘76 / Egg Harbor Twp   NJ

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