Sunday, September 16, 2012

Acts 5&6 - Tye

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Acts 5 and 6

Acts Context:
-        Jesus’ ascension takes place early in Acts and we see the beginning of Jesus’ following, “the church”. These church members were all Jewish, and were thinking Jesus was coming back within the year or so. They had no need to go on with life as it was because they just had to hold on until Jesus came back. The church is growing; God is placing the foundation by which he reaches the world. However, the first church we see doesn’t show up until later in Antioch.

Ananias and Sapphira:
-        Put into context, a bunch of believers just believed and received the Holy Spirit and sold everything they had to give to God. Apparently they made public profession to God to do so with their property.
-        Based on verse 3, we deduce that these two were involved with the Holy Spirit, but were hypocrites. 
-        Keeping some of the money from the sale isn’t the sin in and of itself, but the deeper seeded hypocrisy that brought them to discipline, even by death.
-        This story (along with 1 john 5: 16, 1 cor. 5:5, and 1 cor. 11:30) says that some sins are punishable by death, others are not. We cannot conclude what is punishable by death from this story, but only that some sins are. Also, it’s not the sin that is different (all sin is the same in that its anything that separates us from God) but it’s the consequences for that sin that differ from case to case.
-        Draw the line of salvation: their death was the consequence of that one sin. After salvation, we still have a sinful nature, so while we are still alive we still sin. Paul tells us in Romans about the righteousness that God has credited to us by faith (Jesus’ righteousness).  Therefore, Jesus dying on the cross doesn’t mean our sins go unseen by God, but Jesus’ righteous is all God sees from us on the Day of Judgment. This is what salvation is.

The Sadducees and Gamaliel:
-        Notice what the Sadducees were angry with, they knew that what was spoken was truth, they just didn’t want their name drug through the mud.
-        Gamaliel was a second generation super Jew, who’s most famous student was actually Paul (verse 22:3)
-        The two men he referred to are Judas of Galilee and Theudus. These two men led revolts of some sort (Judas led a revolt to the census that was issued, and Theudus is unknown otherwise)
-        The Theudus Problem may come up when talking with atheists who really know what they’re talking about, but it proves nothing only that either Luke was talking about some other Theudus, or Josephus had the dates wrong.

Hellenistic Jews vs Hebraic Jews:
-   Hellenistic Jews were from the diaspora, which means the Jews of Exile from the Kingdom of Judah. The Hebraic Jews were those who were native to Palestine. Apparently there was some imbalance in how each sect of Jew was treated, therefore the Apostles appointed 7 (most likely) Hellenistic Jews to take care of the matter involving feeding the widows.
-   Stephen was one of the 7 named to resolve the issue, and he did work on spreading the Gospel. So much work that he was arrested.
-   Again, nobody could come up with anything wrong Stephen was doing, so they had some guy claim he was speaking Blasphemous towards God.
Acts 5 and 6

Acts in Context:
-   Jesus has ascended
-   Church is established in Jerusalem
-   Church is getting themselves ready for the return of Jesus
-   God is laying the foundation of his Church

Ananias and Sapphira:
-   Read 5:1-11
-   By the context of the story, we assume these two were a part of the group mentioned in the end of 4.
-   They lied to the Holy Spirit and Peter calls them out.
-   It doesn’t explicitly say God struck them down, but he did.
-   Differences of sins consequences
-   Definition of salvation

The Power of the Apostles:
-   This is the second or third time the Apostles have faced persecution, but prison’s are not able to keep them from sharing the Gospel.

The Sadducees and Gamaliel:
-   The motivation of the Sadducees
-   Judas of Galilee and Theudus
-   The Theudus problem could come up, will you be faithful to the word of God, or change the word of God to fit the worldview?

Hellenistic Jews vs Hebraic Jews:
-   Hellenistic Jews were Grecian Jews who had been exiled from Judah, and the Hebraic Jews were native from Palestine.  
-   Apostles decided they couldn’t be spending their time serving tables, so they appointed people to do so.

Stephen’s arrest
-   Certain Jews had some guy lie about him being blasphemes because Stephen was blameless in what he was saying

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