Acts 4:17 Empty Threats

Acts 4:17 (KJV)
But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.

I often think that they meant, “let us threaten them right away.” What they meant was, “Let us strictly, severely, seriously threaten them.” It’s the difference between straight and strait. 

Here’s the thing, they had already admitted that they had no power against the power of the Apostles. So their threats, as serious as they tried to make them sound, were empty, vain, meaningless. 

Later they would include a beating with their threats, and later still, they would behead one of them. Eventually, all of the apostles would lose their lives for preaching the Gospel. However, the threats were still empty. They could not stop the spread of the name of Jesus. 

Satan has been much more effective when he stopped threatening and introduced a gospel message with less consequence. 

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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