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May 23

You can’t hide from God. Why would you want to?
2Samuel 21-22 / Acts 4-6

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OT

21:13-14 So David brought the bones of Saul and Jonathan, as well as the bones of the men the Gibeonites had executed. He buried them all in the tomb of Kish, Saul’s father, at the town of Zela in the land of Benjamin. After that, God ended the famine in the land of Israel.

22:1-51 David sang this song to the LORD after the LORD had rescued him from all his enemies and from Saul.

NT

4:8-12 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Leaders and elders of our nation, are we being questioned because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed? Let me clearly state to you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed in the name and power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth, the man you crucified, but whom God raised from the dead. For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, “The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. There is salvation in no one else! There is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on to save them.”

5:33-35 At this, the high council was furious and decided to kill them. But one member had a different perspective. He was a Pharisee named Gamaliel, who was an expert on religious law and was very popular with the people. He stood up and ordered that the apostles be sent outside the council chamber for a while.Then he addressed his colleagues as follows: “Men of Israel, take care what you are planning to do to these men!”

:38-39 “So my advice is, leave these men alone. If they are teaching and doing these things merely on their own, it will soon be overthrown. But if it is of God, you will not be able to stop them. You may even find yourselves fighting against God.”


OT Flash Points

Unfinished business had brought famine to Israel
David must settle old accounts for the house of Kish
Some final campaigns against Philistia
David’s song of victory

NT Flash Points

The apostles’ message of resurrection is opposed by the Sadducee government
Gamaliel’s advice is followed
The apostles rejoice at being flogged
Many priests come to faith
Stephen is arrested


Perspective

Historical truth will always confirm God’s ways
Righteousness brings rejoicing and peace in the midst of bloody opposition
God is revealing Himself to His prize creation, the one He gave free will
In choosing to serve Him, we are given all the equipment and power we need to do that
Our lives become illustrations of His life and proof of His presence

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