I have finished my notes on Acts 5 for class. This chapter opens up with Ananias and Sapphira, a married couple, who conspire against the church with the sale of their property. In an interesting and seemingly extreme act, God causes them both to die. Then the apostles were put in jail by the high priest for teaching in the temple. An angel of the Lord lets them out in the middle of the night and tells them to go back to the temple and begin preaching again. The Counsel meets and, though the jail had been completely locked and guarded, they jailers do not find the apostles in their cell. They are found teaching in the temple and brought back to the Counsel. After Peter gives a brief statement, the counsel is enraged and ready to kill the apostles. Gamaliel, a Pharisee who serves in the Sanhedrin, suggest they not act on their anger, and to let them be. He gives a couple of previous examples of groups who rose up and went away on their own and suggested “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.” Thus, after a flogging, the apostles were released and they continued preaching and teaching daily.
To view my other notes on Acts, you can visit my Acts Commentary course page.