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Встреча с Богом. Заметки к ежедневному чтению Библии. Деяния Святых Апостолов

Общество друзей Священного Писания

Если это от Бога? [Деян. 5:17-42]

Снова мы читаем о попытке заглушить голос Апостолов. На этот раз преследователи схватили их, потому что «исполнились зависти». По той же причине некоторое время назад они предали на смерть Христа (см. Мк. 15:10). Подумайте, чему позавидовали первосвященник с саддукеями?

Трудно было первосвященнику терпеть христиан там, где он чувствовал себя полновластным хозяином — в храме. Он, да и все гонители веры, какие только были в истории Церкви, прекрасно понимали, что произойдёт, если люди пойдут за Иисусом Христом. Христиане как бы отбирали у духовных лидеров власть над людьми и передавали её Богу — а теми, кто находится под властью Бога, манипулировать невозможно. Христианство создаёт «неуправляемых» людей, повинующихся «больше Богу, нежели человекам». Послушание Господу может навлечь на Вас чей-то грозный гнев. Готова ли Ваша вера к такому испытанию?

«Вы... хотите навести на нас кровь Того Человека» (ст. 28) — вот и всё, что услышали из апостольской проповеди притеснители. Но разве в этом суть христианского учения? Апостолы, отвечая, говорят о повиновении Богу, о Христе, о покаянии и прощении грехов (ст. 29-32). Вопрошающие же слышат лишь — «Которого вы умертвили»...

В мире очень многие люди никак не хотят принять Радостную Весть о Христе. Как Вы отнесётесь к ожесточившемуся человеку? Ответите ли Вы ему раздражением на раздражение, или с кротостью напомните ему о прощении грехов ради Христа Иисуса?

Неожиданно прозвучал в Синедрионе голос Гамалиила. Удивительно, что там кто-то выступил против расправы над Апостолами.

Подумайте, почему люди, которые «разрывались от гнева», послушали Гамалиила?

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Act 5:17-42
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But the high priest rose up, along with all his associates (that is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy.
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They laid hands on the apostles and put them in a public jail.
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But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison, and taking them out he said,
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“Go, stand and speak to the people in the temple the whole message of this Life.”
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Upon hearing this, they entered into the temple about daybreak and began to teach. Now when the high priest and his associates came, they called the Council together, even all the Senate of the sons of Israel, and sent orders to the prison house for them to be brought.
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But the officers who came did not find them in the prison; and they returned and reported back,
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saying, “We found the prison house locked quite securely and the guards standing at the doors; but when we had opened up, we found no one inside.”
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Now when the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them as to what would come of this.
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But someone came and reported to them, “The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!”
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Then the captain went along with the officers and proceeded to bring them back without violence (for they were afraid of the people, that they might be stoned).
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When they had brought them, they stood them before the Council. The high priest questioned them,
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saying, “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.”
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But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.
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The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross.
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He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
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And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
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But when they heard this, they were cut to the quick and intended to kill them.
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But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law, respected by all the people, stood up in the Council and gave orders to put the men outside for a short time.
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And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you propose to do with these men.
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For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a group of about four hundred men joined up with him. But he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing.
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After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census and drew away some people after him; he too perished, and all those who followed him were scattered.
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So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown;
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but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.”
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They took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them.
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So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.
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And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.
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