April 26, 2015
John 10:11-18
1 John 3:16-24
Acts 4:5-12
Psalm 23

Ordinary and Uneducated
Easter 4

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Frank Ramirez
"Ordinary and Uneducated" by Frank Ramirez

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Ordinary and Uneducated
by Frank Ramirez
Acts 4:5-12

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus (Acts 4:13).

In this text the religious authorities see the apostles Peter and John as “uneducated and ordinary men,” as it says in one of today’s scriptures. Yet it is likely that the two apostles spoke at least three languages, Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek, were proficient in the business of fishing, and seem to have known their way around the scriptures.

What made them uneducated and ordinary? Probably the fact that they were not related to the right people. Their intelligence and skill went unrecognized because they didn’t have the right qualifications, which in those days meant being related to the right people as much as anything.

Like the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz, Peter and John were every bit as intelligent as anyone else in that era -- but they lacked a diploma!... >>Click here for the full installment.

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