Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 18, 2019

“if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 5:33-42.

“But when they heard this, they were cut to the quick and intended to kill them.  But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law, respected by all the people, stood up in the Council and gave orders to put the men outside for a short time.  And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you propose to do with these men.  For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a group of about four hundred men joined up with him.  But he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing.  After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census and drew away some people after him;  he too perished, and all those who followed him were scattered.  So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown;  but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them;  or else you may even be found fighting against God.”

They took his advice;  and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them.  So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.  And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.”  Acts 5:33-42.

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Indeed, it was God’s plan that “they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.”  Verse 42.

God even caused Gamaliel to confess:  “if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them;  or else you may even be found fighting against God.”  Verse 39.

God is sovereign over all.

God is even sovereign over the alleged free-will and words of man, even though “they were cut to the quick and intended to kill them.”  Verse 33.

“There is no wisdom and no understanding
And no counsel against the LORD.”  Proverbs 21:30.

“The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD;
He turns it wherever He wishes.”  Proverbs 21:1.

“The LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth?  Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind?  Is it not I, the LORD?”  Exodus 4:11.

“9 “Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken;  truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.”  Isaiah 46:9-11.


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