Tradition vs. Newness

Acts 5:12-18         
12 The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. They would come together regularly at Solomon’s Porch. 13 No one from outside the church dared to join them, even though the people spoke highly of them. 14 Indeed, more and more believers in the Lord, large numbers of both men and women, were added to the church. 15 As a result, they would even bring the sick out into the main streets and lay them on cots and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow could fall on some of them as he passed by. 16 Even large numbers of persons from towns around Jerusalem would gather, bringing the sick and those harassed by unclean spirits. Everyone was healed. 17 The high priest, together with his allies, the Sadducees, was overcome with jealousy. 18 They seized the apostles and made a public show of putting them in prison.
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

 

 The apostles began to pick up where Yeshua had left off — teaching and healing. Many held them in high regard as their fame spread. Followers were being added regularly. The high priest was troubled by their actions and had them arrested and sent to prison. The apostles got free that evening, with a growing insistence that they should continue to teach and heal, even though the high priest had forbidden them. They were re-arrested and brought before the high priest. “We have a calling,” they testified, “to bring repentance and forgiveness to Israel.” This angered the high priest and other temple leaders. They wanted to out-do Yeshua, even to death; but Gamaliel, a highly respected rabbi, intervened. He convinced them to set aside their plans by a simple argument – if it is God’s plan it will succeed; if it is of yout own human devising, it will fail. The apostles were flogged and released, having been warned not to speak on behalf of Yeshua. They continued to teach and present Yeshua to the people.

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