by Harley Howard

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The Book of Acts, Chapter 4:20-37 (13 of 44)
Dr. Harley Howard

20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have
seen and heard.

These men were eyewitnesses of all that Jesus began
both to do and to speak. They were compelled by the
clear proof of the life and ministry of Christ, as
well as their own participation in the work of Christ,
to tell everyone of the Savior, Christ Jesus, the
Lord. Salvation compelled them to speak. The Savior
Himself compelled them to speak. Are we compelled to
speak today about Christ and if not, why not? If we
are His witnesses and if we have experienced the
witness in ourselves of saving grace and the filling
of the Holy Spirit, then why are we quiet?

21 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.
22 For the man was above forty years old, on whom
this miracle of healing was shewed.

What did the court do? More threats of retaliation if
they said anything about Jesus Christ. The decision
of the council was to impose a ban on the apostles
that would both warn them and provide a legal basis
for further action against them should such be needed.
The Sanhedrin had given its warning, and after
stressing its nature and what would happen if it went
unheeded, they let them go. What else could they do?
They found nothing in which to punish these men, which
implied their intention in the first place, so they
had no choice but to release them. The word of the
miracle had already spread so far and they gave God
glory for it, knowing that this man was an old man and
had been lame all of these years, and also knowing
that the only way that he could possibly have the
ability to walk at all was by way of a miracle, God
was to be praised. The reputation of these apostles
was spreading, just as the reputation of th ...

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