Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. (Acts 5:17-18, NIV)
These verses were a small part of the Scriptures read last Sunday during our pastor’s sermon. While his message was on something entirely different, these seemed to jump out at me immediately. The Sadducees controlled the Temple system during the time of Christ. They were part of the priestly class at that time. While they were powerful and opposed Jesus and His teachings, they did not have great favor or influence with the people. (information found in The NLT Study Bible, page 1610). To see the apostles gaining any recognition or favor or influence with the people incited them to jealousy.
Jealousy, as described in the New Testament Lexical Aids of the Key Word Study…
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