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October 11 - Morning

" They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them:
'By what power or what name did you do this?'

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: 'Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being
called to account today for an act of kindness
shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed
 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is

“the stone you builders rejected,
    which has become the cornerstone.'

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which
we must be saved.”

- Acts 4:7-12

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No Other Hope of Salvation    

Peter and John were arrested and brought before the Jewish Sanhedrin, including the deposed high priest Annas and his son-in-law, the current high priest, Caiaphas. Peter and John were being charged with healing a lame man in Jesus’ name. Clearly the crime was not healing a lame man, but doing it in Jesus’ name. The Sanhedrin asked Peter and John:

            “By what power or what name did you do this?”

When Peter answers them he makes three important points:

First, Peter’s theme continues to be Jesus’ resurrection because the resurrection of Jesus proves the court of heaven had overthrown the Jewish court’s decision to crucify Jesus. Peter says, “Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from that dead.”

Next, the leaders rejection of Jesus and God’s choosing of Jesus is prophesied in the Old Testament. Jesus is the stone the builders (Sanhedrin, Annas, Caiaphas, etc.) rejected as they built their Jewish system, but Jesus is also the cornerstone that God has used as the first stone of a new building (church) which all the following stones must be aligned with.

And, finally, the salvation of the Jewish nation can only be found in Jesus. Indeed, Jesus is the source of individual salvation and our personal right standing with God. But, this message that Peter is presenting to the Jewish leaders is probably not predominately focused on their individual salvation (although that would also be necessary), but probably focused on the Jewish national security. If the Jewish nation persists in rejecting Jesus, the servant/messiah, then there is no hope, no deliverance, and no salvation for these builders who have rejected the Jesus as the stone. Jesus will become the first stone, the cornerstone, of a brand new building called the church and the Jewish nation will be overthrown in 70 AD.

Peter and John are dismissed from the Sanhedrin, but they are first charged, “not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.” (Acts 4:18)
  Christian Quote from Church History

"Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone - except God."
- Billy Grahm



Something to Ponder??
The last mention of the Apostle John in the book of Acts is when he goes up to Samaria during Philips revival in Acts 8:14about 34 AD.
The next time we hear of
John is over fifty years later when he writes his gospel and
First, Second and Third John around 85 AD.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


'olah (Hb) - Burnt Sacrifice (Eng) - the Hebrew word 'olah that is translated "burnt sacrifice,"
comes from the root word 'alah which means "to go up," or "to ascend."
Thus, that which goes up from being burnt on
the altar was 'olah, or a burnt sacrifice.

  There is a description in both the Babylonian Talmud and the Tosefta from the Tannaitic period (70-200 AD) of an incident involving Rabbi Eliezer and one of Jesus' disciples that took place sometime between 60 and 95 AD. Part of the text says: "Once I was walking along the upper market of Sepphoris and found one of the disciples of Jesus of Nazareth and Jacob of Kefar Sekanya was his name. He said to me..."
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will present Jesus today as the hope of salvation.   "The desire of the righteous ends only in good, but the hope of the wicked only in wrath." - Proverbs 11:23
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
Esther 6 Acts 9 Matthew 8:1-13
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Family friends
and their children
Long for Christ’s return Terrorism Romania - relevance of Christianity to the youth
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Gold Lampstand Sennecherib's Prism
Gold lampstand setting near the Western Wall in the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem. (click on image for larger size)

An illustration of the Sennacherib Prism that details the Assyrian King's account of his military interaction with Judah's King Hezekiah. The prism's text says in part:

"In my third campaign I marched against Hatti. Luli, king of Sidon, whom the terror-inspiring glamour of my lordship had overwhelmed, fled far overseas and perished. As to Hezekiah, the Jew, he did not submit to my yoke, I laid siege to his strong cities, walled forts, and countless small villages, and conquered them by means of well-stamped earth-ramps and battering -rams brought near the walls with an attack by foot soldiers, using mines, breeches as well as trenches..."

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