Peter and John Before the Council
The chief priests and Sadducees were irritated with Peter and John for preaching the resurrection of Jesus and threw them in jail.
I suppose if I murdered someone to stop a message from being spread I'd be annoyed that someone else continued spreading it.
They ask by what power they do these things, Peter said that they do it through Jesus Christ. They saw that these men were uneducated and yet they spoke so well about this, they must have really been with Jesus. They didn't want the word to spread about Jesus so they told them not to speak in his name anymore. They said they were going to anyway, because they couldn't help speak about the things they saw and did. The council threatened them more, but eventually let them go as they have nothing to punish them for.
I'm not really sure this makes any sense. They go to all the trouble to bring them in and threaten them, but when it comes down to it they just let them go. They really can't just make up some charges and throw them in jail or whatever? I suppose they might have thought they could just threaten Peter and John and make them stop, but it just doesn't seem realistic to me.
The Believers Pray for Boldness
The believers pray to God to ask that they continue to have the strength to speak out. The ground shakes and they were filled with the holy spirit.
Weren't they already filled with the holy spirit from when Jesus ascended? Did they need to be topped off?
They Had Everything in Common
No one in the group had anything of their own, everything was shared. Anyone who had anything of value sold it and gave it to the group and everyone had what they needed.
It makes me laugh to read this when I think of the republican right calling anyone they don't like a communist.