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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)


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CHAPTER 5 References

3 aDeut. 23:21
bLuke 22:3

Lying to the Holy Spirit


1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession.
2 And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
3 aBut Peter said, “Ananias, why has bSatan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?
4 “While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”
5 Then Ananias, hearing these

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ACTS 5:6

words, afell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things.
6 And the young men arose and awrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him.
7 Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.
8 And Peter answered her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?” She said, “Yes, for so much.”
9 Then Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together ato test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.”
10 aThen immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her by her husband.
11 aSo great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.

Continuing Power in the Church

12 And athrough the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. bAnd they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch.
13 Yet anone of the rest dared join them, bbut the people esteemed them highly.
14 And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women,
15 so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, athat at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them.
16 Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing asick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.

Imprisoned Apostles Freed

17 aThen the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with 1indignation,
18 aand laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison.
19 But at night aan angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said,
20 “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people aall the words of this life.”
21 And when they heard that, they entered the temple early in the morning and taught. aBut the high priest and those with him came and called the 1council together, with all the 2elders of the children of Israel, and

5 aEzek. 11:13;
Acts 5:10, 11
6 aJohn 19:40
9 aMatt. 4:7;
Acts 5:3, 4
10 aEzek.
11:13; Acts 5:5
11 aActs 2:43;
5:5; 19:17
12 aActs 2:43;
4:30; 6:8; 14:3;
15:12; [Rom.
15:19]; 2 Cor.
12:12; Heb.
2:4 bActs 3:11;
13 aJohn 9:22
bActs 2:47;
15 aMatt. 9:21;
14:36; Acts
16 aMark
16:17, 18;
[John 14:12] 17 aMatt. 3:7;
Acts 4:1, 2, 6
18 aLuke
21:12; Acts
4:3; 16:37
19 aMatt. 1:20,
24; 2:13, 19;
28:2; Luke
1:11; 2:9; Acts
12:7; 16:26
20 a[John 6:63,
68; 17:3;
1 John 5:11] 21 aActs 4:5, 6
2council of
elders or senate
23 1NU, M
omit outside
24 aLuke 22:4;
Acts 4:1; 5:26
1NU omits the
high priest
25 1NU, M
omit saying
26 aMatt. 21:26
28 aActs 4:17,
18 bActs 2:23,
36 cMatt.
29 aActs 4:19
30 aActs 3:13,
15 bActs
10:39; 13:29;
[Gal. 3:13;
1 Pet. 2:24] 31 aMark
16:19; [Acts
2:33, 36; Phil.
2:9–11] bActs
3:15; Rev. 1:5
cMatt. 1:21
dLuke 24:47;
[Eph. 1:7; Col.
1:14] 32 aJohn 15:26,
27; Acts 15:28;
Rom. 8:16;
Heb. 2:4 bActs
2:4; 10:44
33 aActs 2:37;
7:54 1cut to
the quick
34 aActs 22:3
35 1be careful
36 1followed

sent to the prison to have them brought.

Apostles on Trial Again

22 But when the officers came and did not find them in the prison, they returned and reported,
23 saying, “Indeed we found the prison shut securely, and the guards standing 1outside before the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside!”
24 Now when 1the high priest, athe captain of the temple, and the chief priests heard these things, they wondered what the outcome would be.
25 So one came and told them, 1saying, “Look, the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!”
26 Then the captain went with the officers and brought them without violence, afor they feared the people, lest they should be stoned.
27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them,
28 saying, a“Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, band intend to bring this Man’s cblood on us!”
29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: a“We ought to obey God rather than men.
30 a“The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by bhanging on a tree.
31 a“Him God has exalted to His right hand to be bPrince and cSavior, dto give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
32 “And awe are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit bwhom God has given to those who obey Him.”

Gamaliel’s Advice

33 When they heard this, they were afurious1 and plotted to kill them.
34 Then one in the council stood up, a Pharisee named aGamaliel, a teacher of the law held in respect by all the people, and commanded them to put the apostles outside for a little while.
35 And he said to them: “Men of Israel, 1take heed to yourselves what you intend to do regarding these men.
36 “For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody. A number of men, about four hundred, 1joined him. He was slain, and all who obeyed him were scattered and came to nothing.
37 “After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census, and drew away many people after him. He also perished, and all who obeyed him were dispersed.
38 “And now I say to you, keep

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away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing;
39 a“but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it—lest you even be found bto fight against God.”
40 And they agreed with him, and when they had acalled for the apostles band beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
41 So they departed from the presence of the council, arejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for 1His name.
42 And daily ain the temple, and in every house, bthey did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.

Seven Chosen to Serve


1 Now in those days, awhen the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the bHellenists,1 because their widows were neglected cin the daily distribution.
2 Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, a“It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables.
3 “Therefore, brethren, aseek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this bbusiness;
4 “but we awill give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, aa man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and bPhilip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and cNicolas, a proselyte from Antioch,
6 whom they set before the apostles; and awhen they had prayed, bthey laid hands on them.
7 Then athe word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many bof the priests were obedient to the faith.

Stephen Accused of Blasphemy

8 And Stephen, full of 1faith and power, did great awonders and signs among the people.
9 Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia), disputing with Stephen.
10 And athey were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.
11 aThen they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.”
12 And they stirred up the people,

39 a1 Cor. 1:25
bActs 7:51; 9:5
40 aActs 4:18
bMatt. 10:17
41 a[1 Pet.
4:13–16] 1NU
the name; M
the name of
42 aActs 2:46
bActs 4:20, 29

CHAPTER 5 References

1 aActs 2:41;
4:4 bActs 9:29;
11:20 cActs
4:35; 11:29
2 aEx. 18:17
3 a1 Tim. 3:7
b1 Tim. 3:8–13
4 aActs 2:42
5 aActs 6:3;
11:24 bActs
8:5, 26; 21:8
cRev. 2:6, 15
6 aActs 1:24
b[2 Tim. 1:6] 7 aActs 12:24
bJohn 12:42
8 aActs 2:43;
5:12; 8:15;
14:3 1NU
10 aLuke 21:15
11 a1 Kin.
21:10, 13
13 1NU omits
14 aActs 10:38;

the elders, and the scribes; and they came upon him, seized him, and brought him to the council.
13 They also set up false witnesses who said, “This man does not cease to speak 1blasphemous words against this holy place and the law;
14 a“for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs which Moses delivered to us.”
15 And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an angel.

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God the Help of Those Who Seek Him

A Song of Ascents.

1 I aWILL lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help?
2 aMy help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.

3 aHe will not allow your foot to 1be moved; bHe who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

PSALM 121 References

1 a[Jer. 3:23] 2 a[Ps. 124:8] 3 a1 Sam. 2:9;
Prov. 3:23, 26
b[Ps. 127:1;
Prov. 24:12];
Is. 27:3 1slip
5 aIs. 25:4 bPs.
16:8 1protector
6 aPs. 91:5; Is.
49:10; Jon.
4:8; Rev. 7:16
7 aPs. 41:2
8 aDeut. 28:6;
[Prov. 2:8; 3:6] 1keep

5 The LORD is your 1keeper; The LORD is ayour shade bat your right hand.
6 aThe sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD shall 1preserve you from all evil; He shall apreserve your soul.
8 The LORD shall apreserve1 your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.




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