These messengers were given power from God’s Spirit Who endowed them with boldness to speak while convicting the hearers of their sin, God’s righteousness, and His judgment.
God spared their lives, though they suffered a severe beating for their obedience. Strangely enough, in the midst of their physical pain, their hearts were happy. They went on their way rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for the name of Jesus and they kept on preaching and teaching.
The weather was warmer this morning. When I ran outside to take care of the animals, I saw the goats had ventured out into the field for the first time in a while. They were enjoying the pleasant sunshine and nibbling on the grass when they heard me coming. They looked up from their foraging, caught sight of me heading their way, and took off pell mell towards the barn. It made me smile to know they were so glad to see me. I provide their food, water, and comfort and they depend on me. We like it when others look up to us and follow us. It makes us feel wanted and important.