Yesterday’s verses showed us God places those in authority. Following Pentecost, Peter and John were preaching about Jesus and healing people. The religious leaders put them in jail and brought them before rulers, elders, and teachers to ask them by whose power or name they were acting. They declared it was in Jesus’ name. The leaders commanded them to stop. The apostles’ response was telling the leaders to judge for themselves whether it was right in God’s sight for them to obey men rather than God.
Questions for further thought:
1. When you get conflicting directions from your boss or parents, who do you follow and why?
2. How do we know when to disobey those in authority?
It can be difficult to know what to do in times of conflict with authority. If following the government means disobeying God, we must follow God.
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