Summary: God has ask us man to do some things that Angels only wish they could do.
The early church was certainly active at this time. Souls being saved, people being blessed. Bodies being healed; & revival spirit was flowing. Note some 3 or 4 things with by way of introduction.
Acts 5:12 tells us: And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.
Here are 3 reasons why such miracles were permitted.
1.It helped keep the church together: verse 12 (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.
It was not the time for them to be scattered.
2.It brought about some respect for the Apostles. Acts 5:13 And of the rest durst no man join himself to them:but the people magnified them.
God’s true men must be respected. Not as lords! But as servants of the most High God.
3.It caused the Church to increase in number. Acts 5:14 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)
This is God’s great purpose in His work today.
In verse 17 we see the Devil at work also...
For never did any good work go on with any hope of success. But it met with opposition. Satan, the destroyer, ever was, & ever is an imposing adversary.
1.Who Satan used as his tool: Acts 5:17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation,
The high priest, & religious crowd. Plenty of them around even today!
Satan delights in causing turmoil among religious ranks. That way he keeps us focused on problems. Not souls for Christ.
2.How God’s Servants Were Treated: Acts 5:18 And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison. This was an effort to degrade God’s people.
3.The Procedure the Lord Took to Release Them Acts 5:19-20 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said, Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.
The Lord intends to keep His work moving.
LET US NOTICE WHAT THE ANGEL COULD NOT DO.
I.HE COULD NOT GO IN MAN’S STEAD
Here the angel commanded the Apostles to GO.
Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.
I’m sure this angel would have delighted to go, for the Lord. For you see he had his habitation with the Lord. But Angels cannot go in man’s stead.
In Luke 14:16-23 The Parable of the Great Supper.
Luke 14:21 gives us some things to do. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
Streets - city streets
Lanes - small streets
The poor - poor sections
Maimed - half blind, hospitals filled with them.
Luke 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
Highways - each leading in & out of our city
Every house, business, service station
Hedges - rural roads, country roads,& rural areas. Sounds like Floresville, Poth, & Stockdale.