The Apostles Do What Is Right


Thou shalt do that which is right … in the sight of the Lord (Deut. 6:18).

Before His death, Jesus Christ prayed to Heavenly Father that His followers would “be one, as we are” (John 17:11). After His death, all the Apostles (except Judas Iscariot, who was dead) were faithful in doing the work of the Savior:

“And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord [or, they were ‘one,’ as Jesus had prayed]. …

“And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)

“Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets … :

“And they were healed every one.” (See Acts 5:12–16.)

Because the Apostles were so successful in teaching the people, the rulers had the Apostles put into jail.

An angel came at night and opened the prison doors and told the Apostles to keep preaching the gospel. So they went to the temple and preached the next day.

The temple officers and chief priests were afraid when they heard this, and they had the Apostles brought to their council. The high priest asked them, “Did not we … command you that ye should not teach in this name [of Jesus Christ]? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine. …

“Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

“The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree [the cross].

“Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give … forgiveness of sins.

“And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.” (See Acts 5:28–32.)

The members of the council at first wanted to kill the Apostles, but a lawyer named Gamaliel talked them out of it. Instead, the Apostles were beaten and commanded to stop preaching the gospel. Then they were allowed to go free.

“And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing. …

“And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” (See Acts 5:41–42.)

Opening-the-Prison-Door Panorama

Instructions: To make this panorama, you will need: a shoe box, scissors, lightweight cardboard, and glue.

Cut out the background scenery on page 35 and glue it to the inside bottom of the shoe box. Then turn the shoe box on its side so that the scene is upright (see illustration). Mount the remaining figures on the cardboard and cut them out. Fold the tabs backward on the broken lines, put glue on the front (picture side) of each tab, and glue the tabs to the box (see illustration).

Panorama(click to view larger)

Illustrated by Beth M. Whittaker

[illustration] Peter and John before Council by Relyea