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November 14, 2021

Daily Reading: Acts 4-6


Acts 5:28

Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.


Situational ethics, the end justifies the means, and dynamic equivalence all abide in the same category; each of these are mental calisthenics meant to justify wrongdoing. These and other worldly philosophies that serve only as mechanisms to empower some over others are wrong. In the Word of God there are ample examples of these clumsy maneuvers; yet somehow, they are overlooked, forgotten, or simply ignored. Today’s verse contains a phrase that is all together wrong, misplaced, and skewed in order to elicit a desired response without the benefit of truth behind it.


These religious leaders said to the Lord’s disciples…behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. First of all, the doctrine they were propagating was not their doctrine, it was the Lord God’s. Second of all, these leaders said that the disciples intended to bring the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ upon them. But wait! In Matthew 27:25 we read this: Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.


In order to kill Jesus, thereby ending His influence, the people had no difficulty stating clearly, …His blood be on us… Yet, after He was put to death at their urging, they now try to clean their hands of His blood, acting innocent as though they had nothing to do with it. After all, these religious leaders were experts at manipulation and obfuscation of their sinister deeds. For instance, on one hand they paid Judas thirty pieces of silver to betray Jesus, on the other hand they refused to receive it back from Judas calling it …the price of blood (Matthew 27:6).


Now they try the same, on one hand they were all too eager to have Jesus put to death but once accomplished they are incensed that they would be held accountable for that awful act. Confuse the issue they may, circumnavigate the truth they did, hide behind the drape of righteousness and innocence they tried, fool the people of the day…probably. But some day, they will stand before the Lord and give an account of their actions. He will not forget, He will not be fooled, and there will be nowhere for them to hide. He is the Judge that has no jury and from His judgment there is no appeal. Except through the precious blood of His Son applied by grace through faith, now and forever.


Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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