If It is of God, You Cannot Overthrow It

The title of this message was a statement made during the trial of Peter and the other apostles before the Sanhedrin by a man named Gamaliel, a Jewish teacher of the law held in respect by all the people. Peter and the other apostles had been preaching Jesus Christ among the citizens of Jerusalem against the orders of the council. In Acts 5:27-29, And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, saying, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to brings this Man’s blood on us!” But Peter and the other apostles answered and said:“We ought to obey God rather than men.” Upon hearing this the council wanted to put them to death. But in Acts 5:34 Then one of the council stood up, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in respect by all the people, and commanded them to put the apostles outside for a little while. And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do regarding these menActs 5:38-39 And now I (Gamaliel) say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it – lest you even be found to fight against God.”

Gamaliel was a religious Pharisee but he possessed more wisdom than the other members of the council. They wanted to put the apostles to death because the apostles had disobeyed their orders, but Gamaliel made a wise statement that our leaders of today should heed. Gamaliel knew men cannot defeat the purposes of God and when men fight against God’s children by placing restrictions on their religious freedoms they are actually trying to restrict God Himself because His children are His hands, feet and mouth on earth; and men cannot win that battle. This is precisely what Gamaliel was telling the council. If the council put the apostles to death; it would be a personal attack on God and the Israelite’s would suffer the consequences. DThrash

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