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The Apostles Arrested and Freed

This is a simplified version of the Bible story found in Acts 5:17-26, written for children to understand. For the original version, please refer to the Bible passage.

There were some people called the apostles who loved to teach others about Jesus. But some other people called the Sadducees didn’t like that and were very jealous. So, they decided to arrest the apostles and put them in jail!

But at night, an angel of the Lord came and opened the doors of the prison, and told the apostles to go to the temple and teach the people all about the good news of Jesus. The angel said, “Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.”

So the apostles listened to the angel and went to the temple the next day and started teaching.

When the Sadducees found out that the apostles were teaching in the temple, they got together with some other important people in Israel and called for the apostles to be brought to them. The officers went to the prison to get the apostles, but they were not there! The doors were locked and the guards were standing there, but the apostles were gone. The officers returned and reported, “We found the prison securely locked and the guards standing at the doors, but when we opened them we found no one inside.”

The captain of the temple and the chief priests were confused and didn’t know what to think. Then someone came and told them that the apostles were in the temple teaching the people. The captain and the officers were afraid of the people, so they went to the temple to get the apostles, but they didn’t use force because they didn’t want to be stoned.

The apostles were happy to share the good news of Jesus and even though they were arrested, God protected them and set them free.

Biblical Lessons

  • Jealousy and envy can lead people to do harmful things.
  • God can use any circumstance, even imprisonment, to bring about His plans and purposes.
  • God’s protection is not limited to physical safety, but also extends to our spiritual well-being.

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Peter’s Miraculous Escape from Prison

The Stoning of Stephen

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

Paul and Silas in Prison

The Conversion of Saul

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