Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
Peter and the Apostles had been put in jail and imprisoned for preaching and teaching Jesus. Then the angel of the Lord came and opened the prison doors in the night and brought Peter and the Apostles out of prison and commanded them to continue preaching and teaching Jesus to all the people in the Temple.
Early the next morning Peter and the Apostles went into the Temple in obedience to the command they were given. Immediately they ran into confrontation and opposition. Once again they were hauled in before the religious leaders of the day.
When we understand what the Lord wants us to do, we eagerly jump up early the next morning, as it were, to go do what the Lord told us. Then suddenly we run into opposition and confrontation. Often times from those who should understand and were considered to be a part of our support system. It is a difficult thing to to understand and walk through. The Apostles were establishing a beach head for Christianity and were confronting the status quo. What an uproar they caused. Yet they stood strong and declared openly, “We ought to obey God rather than men.”
May the Lord grant us the strength, courage and backbone in these days to stand up and preach and teach Jesus whenever He delivers us from a prison. Instead of hiding in the trees like Adam and his wife did in the Garden, let us rather stand up and declare boldly what Jesus has delivered us from and what He has done for us.