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“So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly…”
August 14, 2009, 11:20 pm
Filed under: E Acts

Reading chapters 5 to 7 today I got a sense of a change of atmosphere or attitude in the city of Jerusalem. As the disciples continue to devote themselves to God’s word, worshipping God, meeting house to house for a shared life and the number of disciples increased, conflict was brewing. Some disciples, Ananias and Sapphira were struck dead by testing/lying to “the Spirit of the Lord” causing great fear in the church, then not only Peter and John but the rest of the apostles were almost put to death by the Sanhedrin, the ruling religious leaders, then complaining began to occur between two types of Jews (those born in Judea and those not born in Judea) and then finally Stephen is falsely accused and stoned to death by the Sanhedrin. It seemed Jerusalem was becoming pregnant with Christians and a cauldron was brewing that was beginning to explode and in fact did! Jesus said in the first chapter of Acts that they would “be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Jesus was living His life, ministry, death, and resurrection in these believers lives specifically in the area of death. But the disciples had not yet moved out of Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria yet. They seemed to have been hording the blessing of God, so to speak. Or like a woman in labor through pain will give birth to a child, perhaps that’s what was going on at this time. Resurrection life comes from death as Jesus pointed out by His own example. Am I hording the blessing of God? Am I willing to deny myself and take up my cross daily like Stephen here in chapter 7 who died for His faith in Jesus or am I like Ananias focused on seeking approval from men instead of God?


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