RE Verse reading–Acts 4:5-31 (day four) “Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed” (vs 25-26) One thing is certain. The gospel will meet resistance. We should never be surprised or discouraged by this inevitable fact. God’s plans will be opposed by political and spiritual forces. Christians recognized this early. In Psalm 2 they saw their own struggles. When Herod and Pilate and the Gentiles (Romans) and the people of Israel conspired together against Christ, it was just the beginning of a conflict that continues to this day. The world (as a whole) will always oppose the gospel. To receive Christ as Lord is something that mankind is unwilling to do. “We do not want this man to rule over us” say the citizens in Jesus’ parable (Luke 19:14) It is what the world has been saying all along.