Entries by David Cook

Handling Disruptions

Luke continues with his realistic portrayal of the Christian community. At this stage, the early church consisted of believing Jews both from a Hebrew-speaking background as well as from a Greek-speaking background. The Greek-speaking Jews complained that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily distribution of the welfare, which favoured Hebrew-speaking widows.

Silencing Threats

The immediate response of the church to the threats of the chief priests and elders is to pray. They do not try political manoeuvring and they do not ask for safety. They pray to the Sovereign Lord (v. 24), reminding themselves that it is God who is in control, not the Sanhedrin. They remind themselves that He is the Sovereign Creator. They remind themselves of the Scriptures, of Psalm 2:1–2—all of humankind’s raging and plotting against God’s Anointed One is in vain (v. 25).

The Fulfilment Of God’s Promises

One distinctive feature about the preaching of the apostles is their obvious self-effacement. Politicians like Herod may bask in self-glorification with disastrous results (Acts 12:21–23), but the apostles are the very opposite (Acts 14:11–15). The apostles are not gurus seeking the limelight and the acclamation of the crowds. So Peter makes it clear it is not because of his and John’s power or godliness that the cripple walks, it is because of Jesus (v. 16).