An Angelic Prison Release

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Acts 5:17-32

Imprisonment and Release

17 But the high priest rose up, along with all his associates (that is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy. 18 They laid hands on the apostles and put them in a public jail. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison, and taking them out he said, 20 “Go, stand and [a]speak to the people in the temple [b]the whole message of this Life.” 21 Upon hearing this, they entered into the temple about daybreak and began to teach.

Now when the high priest and his associates came, they called the [c]Council together, even all the Senate of the sons of Israel, and sent orders to the prison house for them to be brought. 22 But the officers who came did not find them in the prison; and they returned and reported back, 23 saying, “We found the prison house locked quite securely and the guards standing at the doors; but when we had opened up, we found no one inside.” 24 Now when the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them as to what [d]would come of this. 25 But someone came and reported to them, “The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!” 26 Then the captain went along with the officers and proceeded to bring them back without violence (for they were afraid of the people, that they might be stoned).

27 When they had brought them, they stood them [e]before the Council. The high priest questioned them, 28 saying, “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and [f]yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, [g]whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a [h]cross. 31 He is the one whom God exalted [i]to His right hand as a [j]Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are witnesses [k]of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”

Discussion Questions

December 23, 2018

Discussion Questions:

1. Verse 17 shows that the high priest and his associates "were filled with jealousy" at the apostles. HOW DO YOU SEE JEALOUSY AT WORK IN OUR WORLD TODAY AGAINST GOD'S WORK?

2. Verse records the apostles' answer to the temple authorities, "We must obey God rather than men." HOW CAN WE KNOW IF WHAT SOMEONE IN AUTHORITY EXPECTS IS OF GOD OR MEN? Compare this verse with Romans 13:1-7, 1 Timothy 2:1-4, and 1 Peter 3:17. ·

3. In verses 30-32 Peter and the apostles give a succinct, brief message on the truth of the Gospel. Comparing with 1 Peter 3:13-15, HOW WOULD YOU GIVE A SHORT EXPLANATION OF THE GOSPEL TO SOMEONE WHO ASKED?