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June 18: Acts 4:1-22; Nehemiah 10,11
Today's Bible Reading: Acts 4:1-22; Nehemiah 10,11
Today, in Acts 4, I sensed God's love and desire to reach the Sanhedrin through the miracle of the healed lame man and the disciples bold witness. God was still trying to reach their hearts even after they killed Jesus! They said, "For indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it." In Nehemiah, the people entered into a solem covenant to seperate themselves and keep the "Law of God" and "do all the commandments." This Law and commandments are reflections of God's character of love. There seems to be a strong connection between the holiness of God and His love.
Again, in Acts 4, Peter's address to the Sanhedrin boldy conveyed the gospel of Jesus Christ. He said, "let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.""Nor is there salvation in any other..." The "sin offerings to make atonement for Israel" in Nehemiah also points to Jesus, our Sin Bearer, who would come and make atonement for all.
These verses were very meaningful to me in Acts: "Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said..." "when they saw the boldness of Peter and John...they realized that they had been with Jesus." Acts 4:8,13 These verses were very meaningful to me in Nehemiah: "seperated themselves" and "if the people of the land brought wares or any grain to sell on the Sabbath day, we would not buy it from them on the Sabbath, or on a holy day..."
Today I hear the Holy Spirit saying: I long to so fill your life that people will take note that you have been with Jesus. Your witness will have boldness. Through Me I desire for you to live a holy life, even keeping My special day, the Sabbath holy. You can do better in preparing for it and keeping it special and set apart.
Supplimental Reading: Acts of the Apostles pgs 57 - 69; Prophets and Kings pgs 661 - 668