Daily Devotional – Tuesday Aug.15 2006
Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.
May the Lord Bless you and keep you this day. Today we continue with the Acts of the Apostles. Today we have a little Politics thrown into the familiar story. It starts with a little civil disobedience on the part of Peter and the other Apostles. They have been specifically told by the Pharisees not to preach Jesus as the Christ; however they did it anyway. Their instruction comes from God not from the Pharisses. They are called in front of the Council and put on trial for their actions. Their very lives are being threatened by their actions.
Today we may wonder, how is it that the Pharisees couldn’t understand who Jesus really was? It is hard for us to understand this ignorance of the truth. Yet, if we stop and consider that they were hearing this message for the first time, maybe it is understandable. If we were told that a person in our village and one who we have known personally was – “the chosen One by God, the Leader, the Savior, the One providing repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins, the One empowered by the Holy Spirit”; chances are we would also be skeptical.
Within the Council, reputable members cautioned the group to not act too quickly and to consider some recent events. There had been prior occasions where similar preaching had taken place and there were many followers. This was a growing movement. The council was influenced in a very political way. They were conscious of the public will and were influenced by what they might think. They were also told to consider what God might think. A person with great wisdom told them to consider 2 possibilities. If this new movement was just about man and the power of man, it would fail and they had nothing to fear. If however, this really was about God, there was much to fear. Their actions could be in direct opposition to God. This wisdom led to the decision to only reprimand (beat) and let them go. They continued to preach Jesus The Christ as before.
I like to think that God’s will influenced this wisdom and reason. As an Engineer and one trained in logic and reason, I believe that man has many tools to use but behind these tools is the driving force for how they are to be used for the betterment of mankind. This driving force is the love of God as given to us in the form of Jesus Christ. Help us Lord to be patient with those around us and to use the tools we have been given to act wisely and for the betterment of those around us.
John Dickie, Aug.15, 2006