We Can’t Help It

But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, Saying, what shall we do to these men?  for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it.  But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in his name.  And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.  But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.  For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

Acts 4:15-20

After seeing the lame man healed and walking, instead of rejoicing and praising God with him (and with Peter and John), the chief priests decided that they didn’t want this new stuff spreading any further.  They couldn’t deny that the man had been healed, and they recognized in verse 13 that Peter and John had “been with Jesus,” but all of this threatened their power, so they wanted it stopped as quickly as possible.  They decided that they would just threaten the disciples and send them on their way, hoping that they would just disappear.

Peter and John would have none of it.  They came back with this: “Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.  For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”  They refused to be intimidated.  They refused to be silent.  They had seen and been with Jesus, and they couldn’t help but tell about what they had seen and experienced.

What does it take to get us to keep silent?  Sadly, we often keep silent on our own.  We need to speak the things which we have seen and heard.  We need to be bold.  We have a wonderful Saviour; we need to tell others about Him!

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