Be careful who you dismiss
“There was a plot afoot among both Gentiles and Jews, together with their leaders, to mistreat them and stone them.”
Message: One day, learning that both the Jews and non-Jews had been organized by their leaders to beat them up
Amplified: When there was an attempt by both the Gentiles and the Jews, together with their rulers, to shamefully mistreat and to stone them
There is no limit to what man can want to do to man. The Jewish and Gentile leaders were plotting on stoning the apostles to death. They hadn’t carried it out yet, they had just got together a plan of attack, they had organised themselves to kill.
Recently I was told of how an executive board had decided not to go ahead with a previously organised plan of attack. They had organised themselves to set a trap to bring down a fellow executive member who they believed had been disloyal. They didn’t carry out that trap but it shows the level we are prepared to go to eradicate what we perceive as threats.
When there is an opposing view or when faced with the challenge of jealousy creeping into our lives sometimes we too can be dismissive completely. We want to eradicate that person out of our circles of comfort for they do not belong to our elite group of like-minded believers. We can perhaps form allies with people we would never have done so with previously because we have found a common greater foe. This verse shows an incredible force of unity amongst the Gentile and Jewish leaders but it is a shallow unity.
Of course we would never plan to execute someone. But we can be in danger of dismissing a servant of God completely because we are not happy with something we have heard or found out about them. We need to be careful what we dismiss for we may do away with God, if that were possible.