Arresting Differences

Acts 4-5 ~ Arresting Differences

This week we compared and contrasted the arrest narratives from Acts 4 and Acts 5. Though some scholars have contended the arrest in Acts 5 is a doublet of Acts 4, when examined closely for similarities and differences, it’s clear that the arrests have completely different catalysts, circumstances surrounding the arrest, and final outcomes (see the Venn Diagram below). 

We discussed the importance of the miraculous release from the holding cell and how this event emboldened the apostles to continue preaching in the Name of Jesus. Since Sadducees had no belief in a spiritual world, this event was confounding to them, and they became even more frustrated with the apostles and their courage. 

Click to read this week’s passages in KJV, CSB, ESV, NIV:
Arrest #1: Acts 4:1-23 AND Arrest #2: Acts 5:1-17-42 

Acts 4:1-23 vs. Acts 5:17-42 ~ Arresting Differences

Who was arrested? Why? What was the verdict? Was there punishment? 

* Recorded: LIVE. This audio has been edited for class member privacy, time, and content.

Whiteboard (Venn Diagram):
Acts 4 vs. Acts 5 Venn Diagram Whiteboard
PowerPoint Presentation:

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About the author: Laura Zielke

Laura Zielke (ZELL-key) is a deep thinker and Bible scholar. She is not afraid to question tradition and challenges people to evaluate their beliefs according to the Scriptures. Laura earned her M-Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Biblical Studies, Archaeology, and Languages. She has been blessed to serve as a lay leader in local churches for more than thirty years. Having been recognized as an outstanding leader, teacher, and entrepreneur, Laura serves as the Community Manager for the Nonprofit Leadership Lab (an organization dedicated to helping nonprofit leaders worldwide accomplish their mission), and she is on the board of directors at Shield Your Faith (an apologetics ministry). She and her husband of 21 years have one son who is in the 10th grade and homeschooled. Laura is an INTJ on the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator, and enjoys helping people discover more about themselves, the Lord, and their purpose in life. Connect with her on social media: @thezwomann (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest).

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