Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 12, 2019

“we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 4:13-22.

“Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.  And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in reply.  But when they had ordered them to leave the Council, they began to confer with one another, saying, “What shall we do with these men?  For the fact that a noteworthy miracle has taken place through them is apparent to all who live in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.  But so that it will not spread any further among the people, let us warn them to speak no longer to any man in this name.”  And when they had summoned them, they commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.  But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge;  for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”  When they had threatened them further, they let them go (finding no basis on which to punish them) on account of the people, because they were all glorifying God for what had happened;  for the man was more than forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed.”  Acts 4:13-22.

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There is a sense that we preach and teach (or, in other words, “we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard”) because of the spiritual gifts and stewardship entrusted to us by God.  Simply, we preach and teach out of a sense of duty to God.

“For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for I am under compulsion;  for woe is me if I do not preach the gospel.  For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward;  but if against my will, I have a stewardship entrusted to me.”  1 Corinthians 9:16-17.

But, in this situation, the reason that Peter and John stated that they they could not stop speaking about what they saw and heard is that they personally witnessed an awesome miracle of God.

When we read Scripture and the Holy Spirit gives us insight, understanding, and appreciation of the awesome qualities and work of God, “we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

Other doctrine is content to learn and teach about man and what man should do.

But, Reformed Doctrine eagerly seeks to learn and teach the awesome qualities and work of God.  

“6 Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts,
And I will tell of Your greatness.
7 They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness
And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.”  Psalm 145:6-7.

“10 All Your works shall give thanks to You, O LORD,
And Your godly ones shall bless You.
11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom
And talk of Your power;
12 To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts
And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.”  Psalm 145:10-13.

“9 I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great congregation;
Behold, I will not restrain my lips,
O LORD, You know.
10 I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart;
I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation;
I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great congregation.”  Psalm 40:9-10.


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