Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born?” Acts 2:7-8
While studying and researching for last Sunday mornings sermon, I happened upon a story about a book written by a “Bible scholar” claiming most of the New Testament is a forgery.
Part of his support for the statement is his belief the disciples of Jesus were illiterate and, therefore, could not have written the books attributed to them.
The idea of Peter as a back country hick is not a new one. On Pentecost as Peter and the others spoke God’s word in other tongues, it was said, “Are not all these who speak Galileans?”
In Acts 4:13, Peter and John are questioned by the High Priest, rulers, scribes, and elders and when they perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled.
The King James Version says unlearned and ignorant men.
The two Greek words used do mean illiterate and idiots.
What the “Bible scholar” fails to see is this: Acts 4:8 – Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them,
Being filled with the Holy Spirit makes all the difference in the world.
The Holy Spirit takes the timid and makes them bold. He gives knowledge and understanding where there was none before.
You would think a “Bible scholar” would already know this!
I believe the words of Jesus to the Sadducee’s of His time may also pertain to this “Bible scholar” – You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God. Matt 22:29
If our God can make a donkey talk as well as the mute man and cause different men and women to speak in other tongues, then it appears our God can use anyone to do anything He wills.
I am no “Bible scholar” or theologian. I have no doctorate in theology or master of divinity. What I have is a simple faith in the power of God to use me to teach His word.
Please do not sell your own self short of what He can and will do with you!