Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.”
The people saw the apostles boldness, they perceived their common origins, and they recognized their closeness with Jesus. Peter and John had just been before the council of religious heavy-hitters in their day. These religious people were “annoyed” (Acts 4:2) because of their teaching and proclaiming of Jesus resurrected. All the education and intellect of these religious priests was no match for the boldness and zeal that Peter and John had for Jesus. The people had three responses after these two men appeared before the council:
- Saw. They witnessed the boldness these two men had before the towering intellects of the time. This led to them…
- Perceiving. The people equated bold preaching with smartness and education and religion. Yet these were tradesmen; fishermen. They came from boats and nets and lakes- not classrooms and books and degrees.
- Recognized. Finally the people identified the source of this boldness despite their common upbringing. Peter and John had been with Jesus. They had been near Jesus. They had heard his teaching and had seen his miracles. There was no amount of dead, religious threatening that was going to keep them from proclaiming that salvation comes through no one else.
The Bible is not only for those who stand behind a pulpit on Sunday mornings. It is for the carpenter swinging a hammer on Monday morning and for the nurse saving a life late Friday night. The Gospel is for the insurance agent and the auto mechanic, the criminal and the cop. It is for everyone. It is for me- the uneducated, common man.
So open your Bible and dive into the depths of its riches. There you will find what you have been made for- to be with Jesus.