Updated: Feb 16
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INTRODUCTION. After healing the lame man in the temple, Peter and John were
imprisoned for preaching about Jesus Christ and his resurrection from the dead (Acts 4:1-4). When the council (Sanhedrin) assembled the following day, they were puzzled
concerning what action to take with Peter and John. They could not deny the lame man
had been healed, but the Sadducees objected to Peter's preaching regarding the resurrection. Consequently, the council charged the two apostles not to teach anymore in the name of Jesus and then let them go (Acts 4:5-22). Nevertheless, the apostles continued to preach the word of God with boldness (Acts 4:31).
As the number of believers in the church grew–multitudes of men and women (Acts 5:14)–the Jewish rulers became more and more alarmed. They resolved they could not allow the apostles to continue their bold preaching in the name of Jesus Christ.