Stand and Speak in the Temple
The angel of the Lord instructed his disciples to speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life. But what is the meaning of all the words of this life? What did they speak in the temple to them?
The angel of the Lord came to the prison by night and released Peter and John. Then, he commanded them: go, stand and speak in the temple to the people (Acts 5:20).
As we continue our Book of Acts Bible Study, today’s main Bible reference comes from Acts 5:19-28.
First, the prison guards didn’t see or hear anyone or anything. They didn’t see the angel, the open doors, or the two apostles: Peter and John.
Some Say There Is No Rapture?
How is this possible? How could there be a prison break and nobody sees or hears anything?
Then, how say some of them that there is no rapture? If an angel of God could release and accompany two of Jesus’ disciples from jail and no one sees or hears anything; anything is possible.
Next, the Lord instructs them.
“Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.”Acts 5:20
What Constitutes All The Words Of This Life?
Is this talking about the complete truth?
What constitutes all the words of this life? Apostles Peter and John understood this instruction, for they obeyed it. They went and speak in the temple to the people and they didn’t leave out anything.
These apostles told the people, in the temple, all the words of this life. They told the whole story. Nothing about this life was omitted!
But what exactly did they tell the people?
Did Peter & John Speak All The Words of This Life To The People?
“… when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought” (Acts 5:21).Acts 5:21
What did these two apostles teach the people early in the morning in the temple?
So, while the opposition to the Gospel of Jesus Christ is planning to halt the preaching of it, the Lord is opening new doors for them. Literally and figuratively!
Nevertheless, the High Priest and his religious colleagues were unaware that the Lord had executed a prison break on His disciples’ behalf.
Consequently, he was “sent to the prison to have them brought”, but he received the surprise of his life.
The Prison Truly Found we Shut With all Safety
“But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned and told,“Acts 5:22
Never doubt the power of the Lord God. There is no limit to what He can do.
“Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within.”Acts 5:23
Note too, the manner of the Lord’s operation. He executed a prison break for His disciples, but nothing was broken.
Note What the High Priest Was Worried About?
Nothing was disturbed and nobody saw anything. They didn’t even suspect that the apostles were missing. Everything was as it should be. In order!
“Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow.”Acts 5:24
When these religious men heard this report they doubted whether these men would keep silent about the missing disciples.
We Got a Clue About All The Words of This Life From The Sanhedrin!
“Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.”Acts 5:25
“Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned.”Acts 5:26
They Speak in the Temple Again – They Appear Before The Sanhedrin Council Again!
“And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,“Acts 5:27
“Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? [A]nd, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us“?Acts 5:28
From this question immediately above, we have a clue of what comprises all the words of this life.
The Sanhedrin Council had threatened the apostles never to speak or teach in the name of Jesus Christ again. See Acts 4:17-18.
The fact that the members of the Sanhedrin Council asked the apostle, “did not we straitly command you” that you should not teach in the name of Jesus?
Tells us that here they had disobeyed them. However, they had obeyed the Lord! Recall they had declared, we ought to obey God rather than man! And they did!
It also tells us that they were preaching Jesus Christ to the people again.
They preached that he was alive and resurrected!!
What they Speak in the Temple Is Different from What they Say in Pilate Judgment Hall
Earlier, this made them angry as it is doing now!
Of course, they had threatened them not to teach in the name, of Jesus. But whether they will obey them or not is another matter.
And yes, they have filled Jerusalem with their doctrine. But they never intended to “bring this man’s blood upon” them (Acts 5:28). That wasn’t necessary.
For, Israel as a nation, had already spoken concerning this. At the trial of Jesus, they shouted, “His blood be on us, and on our children” (Matthew 27:25).
Finally, now these leaders try to deflect this spiritual punch that they had thrown. But the Scriptures will reflect that they have spoken to their own condemnation.
The blood of Jesus Christ is against them and their children up to today.