Friday, March 11, 2016


Acts 4:16-17  What shall we do to these men?  for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it.  But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.
The background of these two verse is as follows.  Peter and John were walking into the Temple when a cripple man asks for alms.  Peter, not having gold and silver, instead in the name of Jesus heals the man.  Of course this ran through the crowd(I see the pun) and as the crowd gathered, Peter began to preach Jesus but those pesky ole religious leaders wanted nothing of it.  They put them in "jail" over night and the next day tried to deal with them.  The two verses above show their conclusion after hearing the matter.

They could not deny the miracle but they did not want it to be spread either.  These religious leaders of Israel who ought to have been kind shepherds but cared not one whit about the lame man.  There was no celebration on their part that the man who could not walk could now leap with joy.  There was no acknowledgement to the glory of God on their part that a miracle had been done in their presence.  They were determined to ignore it and stop the truth of its spread.

When a miracle threatens our hold on power, we ought to recognize that there is a greater power among us.  Maybe, just maybe, we do not have the power that we think we do.  And when we are in the presence of the Great and Mighty Power of God, we ought to bow our knees as servants before the Master.

Scientists today cannot ignore the complexity of our world neither can they deny it.  But instead of giving glory to God for His great power of creation, they instead worship at the feet of Darwin.  Being highly educated and unwilling to lose that power over the masses, they deny the power of God at work before their eyes.  Unfortunately, their teachings have caused many among the body of Christ to doubt and deny the truth of God's Word to their own ruin.

Seeing they cannot see.  Hearing they cannot hear.  That would be terrible phrases to have spoken over us.  Dare we know the truth and deny it?...and even worse, threaten, mock and ridicule those who cling to the truth?  We must accept and receive the truth of God's Word no matter what it should cost us.  We must humble ourselves before the Almighty so that He can lift us up.  Pride would be a foolish reason to not celebrate the good things God has done.


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