This content is part of a series.
The Gospel Cannot Be Bound (13 of 24)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles: A Verse-by-Verse Study
October 24, 2007
INTRODUCTION: Our lesson last week was entitled, "Signs and Wonders," dealing with the signs of the Apostles and the healing of the multitudes.
When the religious leaders got wind of what was going on, they flew into a rage, having the Apostles arrested. This will bring us to our lesson for this evening:
Acts 5:17, "Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation."
A. The Anger of the Sadducees
1. The Bible says, they "were filled with indignation." These folks were angry. Why So? What moved them to be filled with such rage? They were not angry because the Apostles were healing the multitudes--though that would certainly have made them jealous. We remember in Acts 13, where the Jews were "moved to envy" because of Paul's influence on the people.
a. Keep in mind, the Pharisees and the Sadducees were the religious leaders. They were supposed to have all the answers. But they didn't have any answers. The people were still in their sins and afflicted with disease.
b. But this was not the reason for their anger. What was it then? They were incensed because they Apostles were turning people to Christ. They were angry at the name of Jesus. The name of Jesus had provoked them to anger.
B. The Arrest of the Apostles
1. It says in (vs. 22), "And they laid their hands on the Apostles and put them in the common prison." There was no preferential treatment here. Listen, the day is coming and has arrived, that Christians will no longer have preferential treatment in America. There was a time when a man was respected in his community because of his affiliation to church, people thought well of him: "Certainly, a man w ...
There are 9277 characters in the full content. This excerpt only shows a 2000 character sample of the full content.