WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
“And fear not them
which kill the body…”
God’s providential care over His people has various purposes depending on what our good Lord has prepared for us. There are those who remained in jail until their death while others who in spite of being cast into the most inescapable dungeon God delivered. God does things according to His higher plan. In either case, we must be thankful to God for His loving care.
Miraculously released: It was no doubt miraculous. The angel of the Lord came and released them without troubling the guards nor destroying the prison. The Lord brought the Apostles out of prison, it was not to rid them of their enemies, for He allowed them afterwards to be brought back and beaten again. What He declared by this miracle was that they were in His hand. He sent His angels, ministers of God, to lead them out. The opening of doors could have allowed other criminals to escape, but only the Apostles came out.
Explicitly commanded: The angel commanded them to go, stand and speak to the people in the temple “all the words of this life” (Acts 5:20), i.e. “things whatsoever I have commanded” (Matt 28:20). Jesus already mentioned that man “shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matt 4:4). Having been miraculously released, they perceived the significance of their release and they fulfilled God’s purpose and will in their lives.
Immediately obeyed: After hearing the charge, they obeyed without procrastination. They went out early in the morning to witness. The disciples went to the temple as told. They were courageous in the midst of the threat and the possibility that they could be executed because they escaped from prison. They taught the people, indoctrinating them. Teaching must be with conviction, pressing the hearers to apply the Word taught to them.
Are you determined to obey without fear to teach the Word of God? Would you still continue even if threatened by imprisonment?
THOUGHT: The glorious power of Christ will lead us to glory.
PRAYER: I thank Thee, Lord, for all the great prospects of Thy power.