And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, saying, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!” But 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 you murdered by hanging on a tree. Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.” When they heard this, they were furious and plotted to kill them. Then one in the council stood up, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in respect by all the people, and commanded them to put the apostles outside for a little while. And he said to them: “Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do regarding these men. For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody. A number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was slain, and all who obeyed him were scattered and came to nothing. After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census, and drew away many people after him. He also perished, and all who obeyed him were dispersed. And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it—lest you even be found to fight against God.” (Acts 5:27-39)~~ There are those who would retaliate and lash out against the people of God. The father of evil intends that the Divine message be obstructed and ultimately prevented and those who subscribe to the things that rise up in opposition to the Lord are used, much to their own deception and destruction, as pawns in the wiles of the enemy. But God says, “Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm.” (1 Chr 16:22; Ps 105:15); and to this He will impart His vengeance! His Word is to accomplish what He intends and while many naysayers take pleasure in the scorn of the believer, God’s Word is spoken and His will WILL be done. Be careful of the objections you may project at those who would do God’s will, for to do so is to delare war with the Lord! That’s a fight none of us wants!