February 18, Reading 3 – Acts 4:1-31

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SAA Notes

Peter’s sermons are good guides to the Apostolic understanding of the Old Testament and the relationship of the Old to the New Testament. Reading the Bible should give courage to persevere.

SJA Notes

There’s a bit of David in the Psalms that comes out in Peter and the other’s words, “And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, …”

Psalm 37 sees David wrestle with the weight of enemies plotting against him.

And here in Acts we see the Jewish leaders plotting against Jesus’ disciples, the growing church, God’s people.

They plot, but what happens?

As David says, “The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him, but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming.”

We can be encouraged here in this passage, by Peter’s strong conviction and wonderful depth of how God’s word layers over and over through the Old and New Testaments.

And we can be exhorted to pray as the disciples do, as David does, when thinking of those who would do us harm.

* Sovereign God,

You laugh at the wicked, even though to us they can seem great.

You establish our steps Lord when we delight in Your way.

Please uphold us Lord, strengthen us to go about Your will for us each day.

Amen.

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