13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. 14 But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition. 15 But when they had commanded them to leave the council, they conferred with one another, 16 saying, “What shall we do with these men? For that a notable sign has been performed through them is evident to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 But in order that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name.” 18 So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20 for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” 21 And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people, for all were praising God for what had happened. 22 For the man on whom this sign of healing was performed was more than forty years old. (Acts 4:13-22)
So taken aback was the council by the straight speaking of these two ‘hillbillies’, and quite unable to deny the miracle of healing, they discuss it away from the hearing of Peter and John.
Then, summoned back, a scare tactic is tried; and thinking the two wouldn’t ‘say Booh! to a goose’, they threaten, ‘You must not speak about it, or else …!’
The disciples’ answer bounces back like a rubber ball, ‘We will speak. God has given us the right to do so.’
Before such Spirit-given boldness the council is powerless!