When they heard this, the high council was furious and decided to kill them. But one member, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, who was an expert in religious law and respected by all the people, stood up and ordered that the men be sent outside the council chamber for a while. Then he said to his colleagues, “Men of Israel, take care what you are planning to do to these men! Some time ago there was that fellow Theudas, who pretended to be someone great. About 400 others joined him, but he was killed, and all his followers went their various ways. The whole movement came to nothing. After him, at the time of the census, there was Judas of Galilee. He got people to follow him, but he was killed, too, and all his followers were scattered. “So my advice is, leave these men alone. Let them go. If they are planning and doing these things merely on their own, it will soon be overthrown. But if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You may even find yourselves fighting against God!
Acts of the Apostles 5:33-39 NLT
The religious leaders were furious with Peter and John because they declared what they were doing was under God’s direction. The religious leaders were so mad they were ready to kill Peter and John.
Then Gamaliel spoke up and shared some great wisdom. He reminded them that two other false prophets came recently, but they both died, and everything fell apart. It seems Gamaliel was saying Jesus would just be like the other false prophets. But he also opened the door to the possibility that Jesus was not a false prophet. If Jesus was not a false prophet, then they would be fighting against God.
We can be like the religious leaders. We tend to think we have a corner on what God is doing. If something comes up that is different, we think that can’t be God.
There will always be new movements that pop up. Some spring up and disappear just as quickly as they came. Others take deep root and become powerful works of God.
Years ago, my father told me, “God and time tend to prove out the truth about everything.”
We don’t have to fight against everything or everyone. We just have to keep our hearts right between God and us and let God and time prove what is true.
Don’t be too quick to criticize, and don’t be too quick to adopt everything. Just allow the Spirit inside us to help discern the truth from the false, and then let God prove it out.
Holy Spirit, help me with discernment. Help me to allow You to prove what is true and what is not.
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