- Acts 4:19-24
- Acts 4:19 (KJB)
- But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in
the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
- These leaders were probably expecting Peter and John to cower in fear of
their threats instead they put the onus back on to the leaders. They
literally wanted the leaders to ponder the decision as to whether they
should obey God or man. Peter and John knew that they would be incapable of
making such a decision and that probably caused them to have dissension
among themselves. Peter and John had shown that they were using the wisdom
of God because the leaders in no way could say that they were to obey man
rather than God. Peter and John knew that they were going to obey God as
they would continue to preach the Gospel of Christ.
(Rom 1:16 KJV)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God
unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to
the Greek. The Apostle Paul had the same mindset that he
was going to preach the Gospel of Christ. Once a Christian receives their
commission, there is no turning back.
- Acts 4:20 (KJB)
- For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
- There was no way that Peter and John along with the rest of the
disciples were going to remain silent. They are going to testify about the
Lord Jesus Christ and they will testify of His earthly ministry to which
they witnessed for over three years. They will also testify to the miracle
which Jesus performed in the presence of thousands of people. They were not
going to remain silent. (Jer 20:9 KJV)
Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name.
But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones,
and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not
stay. Even if a
Christian for some reason wants to keep quiet about proclaiming the word of
God, the very nature of the Word of God would not allow that because it is a
living word and has to be released. Just like a volcano explodes when enough
pressure builds up, the word of God does the same thing, it too explodes
within us and causes us to proclaim it.
- Acts 4:21 (KJB)
- So when they had further threatened them, they let them go,
finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all
men glorified God for that which was done.
- Had further threatened them - This is one Greek word in the text and is
used only here. It carries with it the idea of an impact and further action
- Since the leaders could do nothing against Peter and John, simply
because the evidence was walking around and showing himself to a great
crowd. The leaders could have been in great trouble if they would have done
some type of bodily punishment against Peter and John. A great miracle took
place and the result was that God was getting the glory for that miracle. So
at this point, the leaders could only do one thing and that was to threaten
further action against them if they did not stop preaching in the name of
Christ and let them go. I am sure that they thought that eventually they
will deal with them as they dealt with Jesus.
- Acts 4:22 (KJB)
- For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing
- The crippled man that Jesus healed was not a young man but was over
forty years old. That makes the miracle a tremendous one because that means
for over forty years this man was crippled which meant it was a permanent
condition and not just a temporary injury. In that amount of time the
muscles in the legs would have gone atrophy. So this miracle was more than
just a healing of the ankles, it was healing of the entire condition that
included the muscles and the legs. Then in one instant, he leaps up and then
starts walking with a spring in his step.
- Acts 4:23 (KJB)
- And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that
the chief priests and elders had said unto them.
- Peter and John, upon release, had gone back to the others and told them
what had transpired with the leaders upon their arrest. They had probably
warned them that these things can be expected and will happen to them but
when it does, they are to remain strong in their testimony since it will be
false religion wanting the true faith to give in. That is exactly what is
happening today as true Christians compromise with false religions under the
umbrella of love or fellowship. However, no matter how hard a Christian
tries, there can never be true fellowship with unbelievers or Christ
- Acts 4:24 (KJB)
- And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one
accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and
earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:
- The threats and the warnings that the Christians had received did not
deter them one bit nor cause any discouragement. In fact, they had gone into
a time of praising God and worshipping Him. They were extolling the fact
that God was the creator of Heaven and Earth, and had the power to direct
His creation any way He saw fit, including the fact that He can heal those
who are beyond help in human terms. There was great harmony of mind and
understanding as they praised the Lord. These words are a great testimony of
the Sovereignty of God and His power that can control everything that is
contained in Heaven, Earth, and the seas.