17 Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. 18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. 20 “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.”21 At daybreak they entered the temple courts, as they had been told, and began to teach the people. When the high priest and his associates arrived, they called together the Sanhedrin—the full assembly of the elders of Israel—and sent to the jail for the apostles.
We must realize that God is longing to shower spiritual blessings on his church, but that he still allows it to be harassed by the ungodly. So we must always be ready for the battle, for our situation today is similar to theirs.
We must always hope, nor even desire, that God should deliver us from death. We should be content that God’s hand protects our spiritual life.
We will be often disheartened unless we are content with God’s simple command to do our duty, leaving the results to him. The Gospel is wonderfully described here as the life-giving teaching that brings salvation to people.