06/07/19: Acts 5:1-42; Psalm 125:1-5; Proverbs 16:25

Acts 5: 33 When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death. 34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while.

38 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.

As many of you may know we will read of Gamaliel again in Acts 22 as one of his most well-know students, the apostle Paul, speaks somewhat proudly of having studied under Gamaliel.

But we also know that Paul (then called Saul) must not have adhered to Gamaliel’s words in Acts 5 as Paul fanatically persecuted believers.  And what did he find on his way to Damascus? — He found very dramatically that he was fighting against God.