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Gamaliel's Advice

The Sanhedrin was ready to stone Peter and John. They had ignored the Council’s order to stop preaching Jesus. Gamaliel, a respected member, urged caution. He noted that other movements had come and gone. This one might well do that too. If so, little harm would be done. On the other hand, it was possible that this one was different. It might be from God, in which case opposing it would be disastrous (Acts 5:33-39).

Two points come to mind. First, there is certainly much wisdom in thoughtful responses rather than “knee-jerk” reactions. Second, it is significant that a leading member of the Council, the court that ordered Jesus’ execution, had to admit that He might be who He claimed to be. If they had any proof of a resurrection hoax they certainly would have produced it. They could not. Jesus’ enemies’ inability to disprove His claims is a silent testimony to His deity.

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