An Angelic Accomplice

Acts 5:17-24 ~ An Angelic Accomplice

This week we retraced our steps in Acts 5:17-24 to more closely examine the second arrest story of the nascent church. We learned that Luke often uses a literary technique—the phrase “they/he rose up”—to emphasize a shift in the story line. We studied the motivation behind the second arrest and learned that it was more than mere jealousy. The religious leaders were indignant that the apostles were defying their orders and zealous to protect the status quo. During the second arrest, they were miraculously released from their holding cell by an angel of the Lord. 

Released & Commissioned by the Angel of the Lord

We discussed how the phrase “angel of the Lord” was first used of the angel who visited  Hagar after she fled from her home with Sarai and Abram (cf. Gen. 16). “The angel of the Lord” in the Old Testament is sometimes seen as a type of Christ; however, it is unclear in this context whether Luke was referring to an angel or to Jesus Himself. More than likely, he was referring to an angel, since there is zero reason not to identify the risen Lord as Himself in Acts.  

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 5:17-24 ~ An Angelic Accomplice

Arrested, but released by an angel of the Lord to continue preaching the Truth. 

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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). She and her husband of 22 years have one son who is in the 11th grade and homeschooled. Laura is an INTJ on the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and 1w9 on the Enneagram. She 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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