“Unable To Stop Speaking” (Acts 4: 10 – 12, HCSB) by Carley Evans

Once he is filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter tells “the rulers of the people and elders” by what means a disabled man is healed. Peter tells them that the man whom they crucified has healed the man. “Let it be known to all the people of Israel,” says Peter, “that by the Name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene – by Him this man is standing here before you healthy.”

Peter reminds the Sanhedrin that Jesus is the cornerstone of the building despite being “the stone rejected” by the rulers of Israel. They have a difficult time ignoring the healed man who stands before them. All they are able to do is threaten Peter and John not to speak “to anyone in this name again.” (Acts 4: 17)

And this they say after hearing Peter proclaim that “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people, and we must be saved by it.”

Peter rightly asks them whether it is right for him to obey them over God. He tells them truthfully that “we are unable to stop speaking about what we have heard and seen.” (Acts 4: 20)