Flogging Acts 5:40 “His speech persuade

Acts 5:40
“His speech persuaded them. They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.”

They were flogged.
A flogging was a specialised discipline. The Jewish law called for 40 lashes but this was then later reduced to 39.
During this flogging, repeatedly the words of Deuteronomy 28:58-63 were read. “If you do not carefully follow all the words of this law, which are written in this book, and do not revere this glorious and awesome name-the LORD your God- the LORD will send fearful plagues on you and your descendants, harsh and prolonged disasters, and severe and lingering illnesses. He will bring upon you all the diseases of Egypt that you dreaded, and they will cling to you. The LORD will also bring on you every kind of sickness and disaster not recorded in this Book of the Law, until you are destroyed. You who were as numerous as the stars in the sky will be left but few in number, because you did not obey the LORD your God. Just as it pleased the LORD to make you prosper and increase in number, so it will please him to ruin and destroy you. You will be uprooted from the land you are entering to possess.”
The religious were using their Scriptures so that they could carry out their religious law of hurting others.
Nothing much has changed. The church is often guilty of using Scripture during its hurt of others.
Wanting to hide behind the fact that it is God carrying out this action not them.
But we know the truth of this flogging.

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