Acts 5:34-39

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34But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. 35Then he addressed them: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. 36Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. 37After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. 38Therefore, 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. 39But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”

2 responses to “Acts 5:34-39

  1. Gamaliel seems to be a wise man. This is the same man who was Paul’s teacher of the law. He gives good and sound advice, but he is not seeking God. He is studying the old and ancient law and not looking for the Christ who was prophesied. He is not seeking if what the men say is true, he is only arguing against rashness and action without thought. This is always good advice.

    If we only study the historical word of God and don’t ask for revelation and meaning from the Spirit, we can be sound, and give great advice, but we won’t burst with new wine.

  2. I was here yesterday – read studied and even blogged but I must have forgot to click submit –

    I spent some time building off of what Rick said – Gamaliel had some great wisdom-just misused – I am constantly seeking wisdom from God and his Scripture – and when I receive it I have to ensure that I dont use it for my benefit or misuse it for some other purpose other than what it was intended for.

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