As we complete our study of Chapter 5, we revisit our battlegrounds. Are we weary, fatigued, or full of energy? We are reminded of the importance of learning to love the battle because of what the end game is.
In vs. 33 a shift occurs that foreshadows a division among the Pharisees and Sadducees and we learn more about the Pharisees during the period of history in Acts. In this lesson, we are introduced to one of the foremost Pharisees, a rabbi who showed some sympathy toward Christianity and to Peter and the Apostles.
We also see Peter and the Apostles suffer shame in His Name, as they endure flogging. Yet we are told they went away rejoicing. This brings into focus an example of their enthusiasm for the Gospel and shows us how to love the battles we are in, keeping the end game in mind - glorifying God.