Daily Bible Podcast Day 289 – Malachi 3-4, Psalm 148, Acts 5

August 16, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan

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Scripture:
“‘Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.’” ~Acts 5:38-39

Observation:
A Pharisee named Gamaliel is speaking. He was well-respected by the people and seems to be one of the few people in the Sanhedrin who actually trusts God. His basic argument is that God’s plans are the one’s that will prevail, no matter what is done or not done. Persecuting the apostles opens the Pharisees to the possibility of working against God, so they may as well play it safe by doing nothing.

Application:
Are there situations where I am acting Pharisaical? Am I opening myself to the possibility of working against God? I don’t think so, but I suspect the Pharisees didn’t think so either. This whole account makes me want to avoid courses of actions that are outside of what is explicitly commanded by God, like helping others and calling them to repentance.

Prayer:
Father, I don’t ever want to find myself working against You. Help me to see clearly, as Gamaliel did, which courses of action are the wisest. Help me to only engage in those acts which You have commanded, such as serving others and calling them to Christ. Help me not to so much against evil as I am for Good.

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