But Peter and the apostles answered, We must obey God rather than any human authority. Acts 5:29
The little band of believers is growing bigger and stronger every day. This is threatening to the high priest and other temple officials. Filled with jealousy, they arrest the apostles and put them in prison. But during the night, an angel opens the prison doors and tells them to stand in the temple and continue preaching the Word. When the temple officials find out, they are amazed and angry, but can do nothing to the apostles for fear of the people. Just as in the story from chapter 4, they command the apostles to remain silent about Jesus. Peter answers, We must obey God rather than any human authority. The Rabbi Gamaliel encourages the rulers to let the apostles go, for if this movement is of God, nothing can stop it. So they have them flogged and release them.
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