“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished” (Acts 4:13, NIV).
“Unschooled” and “ordinary,” Peter and John. Maybe so. But here they stood in front of the ruling Jewish council, pressed hard to explain just how they had been involved in the healing of a man who was disabled from birth. The language in this chapter suggests Peter and John were actually on trial, or at least involved in a preliminary hearing, once again, because they healed a guy. Give me a break! Consider the evidence. Prior to this healing, the man couldn’t walk, but now he was “walking and leaping and praising God” (3:8). The miracle happened in Jerusalem, a populous city, and was therefore no secret to anyone, and particularly not to these religious leaders who, you would think, would be in favor of miracles! The council couldn’t decide how to punish Peter and John for this healing (as if they needed to) because all the people were praising God for what had happened. And, to boot, Peter and John were just ordinary, unschooled guys, defending themselves in front of the best educated people in the city. Summing it all up, powerful religious leaders in the holy city were trying to find a way to punish ordinary guys for a so-called “crime” of healing that led the people to praise God. Luke, the author of Acts, loves paradox; he has a mile-wide smirk on his face. His point? Don’t mess with The Unstoppable Force! Father, please help us to stand tall for You when people oppose Your work!