my pastor is currently in the midst of a series on the sovereignty of God. it has been a pretty incredible series, convicting, compelling, encouraging and definitely thought-provoking. the title of this past sunday’s sermon was the demand of sovereignty. what is the demand of sovereignty? reverence. our pastor is preaching from the book of daniel (see what i mean, there is nothing light about this series) but i was reading in acts the other day and found something very interesting on this very subject.

acts 5:29-39

Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than men! The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead—whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”

When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death. But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. Then he addressed them: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”

the irony of this passage is the pharisee gamaliel. he, a teacher of the law, not a follower of Christ. clearly had a reverence for the Lord. a pharisee! that is mind blowing to me considering the way the other pharisees were determined to handle this situation.

this really convicted me of my lack of reverence. i know who Jesus Christ is, i know what He was sent here to do, i know who sent Him and i know i am nothing without Him, yet, do i approach life this way? when i am faced with something in front of me do i understand that if i don’t walk in faith i am fighting against God? do i understand that anything of my own nature will fail, but if it is of Him, it will succeed?

if a pharisee could see this in the apostles, without knowing Jesus, how much more should i understand this?