Who do you listen to? (Acts 4:19)

“But Peter

And John

Answered them.

‘Whether it is right

In the sight of God

To listen to you

Rather than to God,

You must judge.’”

ὁ δὲ Πέτρος καὶ Ἰωάνης ἀποκριθέντες εἶπον πρὸς αὐτούς Εἰ δίκαιόν ἐστιν ἐνώπιον τοῦ Θεοῦ, ὑμῶν ἀκούειν μᾶλλον ἢ τοῦ Θεοῦ, κρίνατε·

The author of Acts indicated that Peter (ὁ δὲ Πέτρος) and John (καὶ Ἰωάνης) answered them (πρὸς αὐτούς).  They said that they would have to judge (κρίνατε) whether it was right (Εἰ δίκαιόν ἐστιν) in the sight of God (ἐνώπιον τοῦ Θεοῦ) to listen to them, the religious leaders (ὑμῶν ἀκούειν), rather than to God (μᾶλλον ἢ τοῦ Θεοῦ).  You might guess what the response of Peter and John was going to be.  Should they obey human religious authorities or God himself?  Have you ever had to make a choice between human authorities or God?

The confession of sins (Dan 9:4-9:6)

“I prayed

To the Lord!

My God!

I made a confession.

I said.

‘O Lord!

Great God!

Awesome God!

You keep the covenant!

You have a steadfast love

With those

Who love you,

With those

Who keep your commandments!

We have sinned!

We have done wrong!

We have acted wickedly!

We have rebelled!

We have turned away

From your commandments,

From your ordinances!

We have not listened

To your servants,

The prophets,

Who spoke

In your name,

To our kings,

To our princes,

To our ancestors,

To all the people

Of the land.’”

Daniel personally prayed to God with this first-person singular confession of sins. However, he quickly reverted to the first-person plural “we” from the singular “I.” God was great and awesome. He had kept his covenant with a steadfast love to those who loved him and kept his commandments. However, they had sinned and done wrong. They had acted wickedly. They had rebelled and turned away from his commandments and ordinances. They had not listened to their prophets, kings, princes, ancestors, or even the people of the land.