by Tammy Phillips
July 9, 2020
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. – Acts 4:13 KJV
John and Peter who cowardly, denied Jesus three times before his death, were arrested for preaching and teaching Jesus’, resurrection from the dead. Peter and John stood in judgement before the very men who had paid off the Roman guards at Christ’s tomb to spread fake news. According to Matthew 28:11-15, the soldiers were paid a large amount of money to report that the disciples had stolen Jesus’ body. Bribery and fake news, not much has changed in 2000 years.
Peter’s previous fear had vanished. He had been transformed and chose to boldly face the enemies before him instead of running. In Peter and John, the Sanhedrin saw:
The Greek word for boldness is parrēsia. It means openly frank; unreserved in speech; free and fearless; undoubting confidence; cheerful courage.
We are to be bold, speak and live without fear. It is the Lord who gives us the words to say anyways. We need to report His Good News.
The Greek word for unlearned is agrammatos. It means illiterate in the Jewish schools and writings. They didn’t know the scripture like the Sanhedrin. However, they knew Jesus and that was all that mattered. They were filled with the Holy Spirit who gave them the words. The Holy Spirit is our helper and teaches all we need to know. When is the last time you ask Him what was going on and what to do? Jesus said:
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. – John 14:26 NKJV
Idiōtēs: This does not need much translation from the Greek. I guess King James used kinder words instead of saying, out right, that they were idiots. They were uninformed of the things in the world. They were not idiots in the kingdom. They boldly took their places.
Peter said: “As His divine power has given to us all things that [pertain] to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, – 2 Peter 1:2-3 NKJV
- And Marveled
The rulers, elders and scribes were filled with wonder and admiration that these two men who were unlearned, ignoramuses in their eyes, could speak so eloquently. We should rather that men glory in our knowledge of the Lord than the degrees hanging on our wall.
- They knew they had been with Jesus.
I have chewed on this one for a while. We should want people to know that we have been in the presence of Jesus.
When we travel, to other states or countries, we often begin to speak the language and dialect of the places we visit. If we stay long enough, we will learn the language. Eventually, we will adapt our clothing and food to reflect our environment.
The disciples had spent so much time with Jesus that they walked and talked like him. They look like him because they reflected his glory. We should want the same. People should be drawn to us because we love like Jesus in all we say and do.
I enCOURAGE you to be bold in Him. Spend time with the Lord. Snuggle in his presence. Walk fearlessly, talk bravely and act courageously. Shine brightly and reflect His GLOry! Let him rub off on you, so that they will see and know you have been with Jesus.