Then the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with indignation, and laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison. But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.”
And when they heard that, they entered the temple early in the morning and taught. But the high priest and those with him came and called the council together, with all the elders of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.
No one or nothing can keep God’s people down. The religious leaders tried. They had the apostles arrested because they didn’t like what was happening. These men whom they considered to be beneath them were doing miraculous things and people were flocking to them. The leaders were jealous of the apostles just as they were of Jesus. The Scriptures say that Pilate “knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.” Envy was their motive for rising up against the apostles who weren’t doing anything wrong and they had them arrested.
But God delivered them. An angel opened the prison doors and released them so that they could go and preach to the people in the temple. The Gospel has to be shared on matter what. We might run into difficulties, obstacles even opposition from other Christians but God will make a way. He will deliver us from whatever trials or problems we face so that we are free to spread His word.
Acts 5:17-21; Mark 15:10