AD34-AD35 - Acts 5:17- 42
Peter was arrested and put in a public jail.
He was released by God and told to share his faith about Jesus.
Peter was then brought once again in front of the Jewish council.
The Apostles Persecuted
17 Then the high priest and all his associates, who were
members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. 18They
arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. 19
But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail
and brought them out. 20 "Go, stand in the temple courts,"
he said, "and tell the people the full message of this new life." 21At
daybreak they entered the temple courts, as they had been told, and
began to teach the people. When the high priest and his associates
arrived, they called together the Sanhedrin–the full assembly of the
elders of Israel–and sent to the jail for the apostles. 22But
on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there. So they
went back and reported, 23 "We found the jail securely
locked, with the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened them,
we found no one inside." 24 On hearing this report, the
captain of the temple guard and the chief priests were puzzled,
wondering what would come of this. 25 Then someone came and
said, "Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts
teaching the people."26 At that, the captain went with his
officers and brought the apostles. They did not use force, because they
feared that the people would stone them. 27Having brought
the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be
questioned by the high priest. 28 "We gave you strict
orders not to teach in this name," he said. "Yet you have filled Jerusalem
with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man's
blood." 29 Peter and the other apostles replied: "We must
obey God rather than men! 30 The God of our fathers raised
Jesus from the dead–whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. 31
God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he
might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel. 32 We
are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has
given to those who obey him." 33When they heard this, they were
furious and wanted to put them to death. 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." 40His speech
persuaded them. They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then
they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41The
apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted
worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. 42Day after day,
in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped
teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.
The high priest, his family and associates were members of the party called the Sadducees, and many from this group of Jews were against Jesus and his followers because Jesus was being proclaimed as God's Son.