The disciples, Peter and John in particular, had been jailed over night, hauled before the authorities, ordered not to preach in the name of Jesus, and threatened with further reprisal if they did. Their response to this intimidation…
Read Acts 4:32-5:11
The chapter division is not well placed. It ought to be between 4:31 and 4:32, for, though 4:32-36 summarizes again the spirit of these early Christians — repeating in greater detail the information already given in 2:44-45 …
The section begins with a statement summarizing the situation and telling us what was happening (as at 2:43-47; 4:32-35). Luke has neither time nor space to give a full account of events. But it is enough to indicat…
Once again some form of popular election, as with the vacancy in the apostolate in chapter 1. Though this is not made a shibboleth in the NT. It is mostly inferred and understated.
” the prayer”? That is…
"Cilicia" Is this the synagogue attended by Saul of Tarsus, with Saul himself as the chief instigator of the opposition to the Christians?
Jesus did, of course, say such things, and Stephen was n…
The church now learns in earnest that God’s people in this world are counted as “sheep to be slaughtered.” What is described here is a studied, determined effort — what will be the first of many — to eradicate the c…
At several points in the narrative of Acts we detect the hand of the God of Israel at work. This narrative is strongly reminiscent of that of Elijah — directed by an angel into the desert, his running, his being snatched way by t…
The chapter has sometimes been titled “How Paul lost his bad breath.” Paul later describes himself to have been in a kind of raging fury against the Christians. 26:11: “Many a time I went from one synagogue to another…
The story here needs to be filled in from Paul’s autobiographical remarks in Galatians 1:17-18.
“…I did not go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went immediately into Arabia and …
Luke returns now to Peter for three and a half more chapters before Paul takes center stage for the remainder of the book. Very different men used in different ways by the King of the Church.
Apparently, Peter had …