38 Therefore, 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. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”
Gamaliel was a widely respected pupil of the great rabbinic teacher Hillel. He was the most influential Pharisee in his time and held prestige as a Jerusalem aristocrat as well. (Craig Keener) His advice was sage but not as insightful as one might think. Given his examples, Theudas and Judas, if these Jesus followers are revolutionaries like the examples he has given, then the Romans will take care of them and take care of our problem. If God is with them, then the Romans won’t be able to stop them and neither will we. In other words, we don’t want any trouble with Rome or with God. However, this was not the time for avoiding trouble, this was the time to get on the right side! (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God and humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Follow the ACTS acronym in prayer: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication (Asking).