I came across a passage in Acts today that the Holy Spirit really allowed to stand out in my mind. Acts 5:33-42 picks up after the apostles appeared before the Sanhedrin, right after Peter tells them, “We must obey God rather than men.” They really didn’t want to hear that, and wanted him and the others dead. But a proinent rabbi named Gamaliel stands up.
But the story didn’t end there.
The Sanhedrin didn’t kill them. But they did beat them. We don’t know if they received the 39 lash maximum or not. But a beating is a beating.
“Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.” (v 41)
And they kept up the fight. The fight that we ought to be fighting today. May we be willing to take our “scourging” for our Lord and Savior by whose stripes we are healed, in whatever form it may come.