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Acts 4:13-31 – Responding to opposition

The apostles are ordered by the Sanhedrin not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. However, they cannot deny the work of God in the sign and wonder they have witnessed in the healing of the lame man.

Notice the response of the apostles. They lift their voices to the Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them. They declare that God has done in Jesus the very thing he promised to the heir of David’s throne in Psalm 2. Thus, everything that has happened has occurred by God’s hand and plan which he predestined.

Knowing the plan of God then becomes the motivation for how the apostles will respond to the command to not speak or teach in the name of Jesus. Knowing the divine plan, they ask God to help them to live in accordance with that plan. Therefore, they ask for boldness to continue speaking the word and ask that God will continue to stretch out his hand in power authenticating his own predestined purpose in Christ.

Does God approve their prayer? Clearly so because when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

As with them, so with us – understand the plan, ask for divine empowerment and continue to speak boldly.