Why Marvel at This? ( by Carley Evans )

“Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? Or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man walk?” (The Acts 3:12, KJV)

Peter is downright flabbergasted that anyone would be surprised at the power which makes men walk or raises women from the dead. But he is even more bewildered that anyone would attribute this power to Peter himself rather than to Jesus.

Peter is distressed but not surprised when some of these same “men of Israel” “confer among themselves” to threaten Peter and John “not to speak henceforth to no man in this Name, nor teach in the Name of Jesus.” (The Acts 4:17,18)

Peter responds, “we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” (The Acts 4:20) In other words, Peter tells the “men of Israel” that he and John speak only the truth of God. Of course, the truth of God trumps the threats of the “men of Israel.”

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the reminder that any natural gifts we may possess are directly from You, but any power we show forth is always only of You, emanating from Your nature and not from ours. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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7 thoughts on “Why Marvel at This? ( by Carley Evans )

  1. […] Why Marvel at This? ( by Carley Evans ) (via obsecrations) "Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? Or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man walk?" (The Acts 3:12, KJV) Peter is downright flabbergasted that anyone would be surprised at the power which makes men walk or raises women from the dead. But he is even more bewildered that anyone would attribute this power to Peter himself rather than to Jesus. Peter is distressed but not surprised when some … Read More […]

  2. lambskinny says:

    Hello Patricia. Thanks!

  3. Noel Williams says:

    Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.

  4. lambskinny says:

    Thanks Noel. Glad you like my note. God bless.

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