1/5/2022 [Book of Acts 23] www.lifechurchmissions.com
The Neutrality of Gamaliel and the Firmness of the Apostles
* About Gamaliel:
- “Rabban” – Our teacher
- Teacher of Saul (Paul) of Tarsus
- Grandson of Hillel
* Gamaliel had a neutral stand
* Although he saved the lives of the apostles, he did not recognise the truth
* Sometimes, the higher the status the greater the pressure, such that people cannot see God’s will clearly
* When God gives us high position, we have certain responsibility toward God
* The reason why the Lord no longer cared about the Jewish nation was very much related to the corruption of its leaders
Read <Ac 5:33-42>
1. <v33> The Jewish leaders wanted to kill the apostles
* People who refused to repent before the truth would naturally want to destroy the truth
2. <v34> The reason why Luke mentioned Gamaliel
1）To illustrate that the most esteemed teacher of Israel would also not witness for the truth
2）Before being born again, Paul – the main character of the Book of Acts, was under his tutelage
3. <v35> Gamaliel took a cautious approach
4. <v36-39> Cited the fate of two rebels as examples
2）Judas the Galilean
* Is the “laissez-faire approach” proposed by Gamaliel in line with God’s word?
* In history, do we see that everything that came from men failed, but whatever came from God succeeded?
* Is being permissive God-driven?
5. <v40> Although the apostles were freed, they were flogged
<2 Co 11:24>: Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one.
6. <v41> The apostles rejoiced because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name of the Lord.
7. <v42> The apostles preached the gospel unswervingly