The apostles were brought before the council where the high priest confronted them:
"In no uncertain terms, we demanded that you not teach in this name. And look at you! You have filled Jerusalem with your teaching. And you are determined to hold us responsible for this man's death."
Peter and the apostles replied, "We must obey God rather than humans!
The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging him on a tree.
God has exalted Jesus to his right side as leader and savior so that he could enable Israel to change its heart and life and to find forgiveness for sins.
We are witnesses of such things, as is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him."
When the council members heard this, they became furious and wanted to kill the apostles.
One council member, a Pharisee and teacher of the Law named Gamaliel, well-respected by all the people, stood up and ordered that the men be taken outside for a few moments.
He said, "Fellow Israelites, consider carefully what you intend to do to these people.
Some time ago, Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and some four hundred men joined him. After he was killed, all of his followers scattered, and nothing came of that.
Afterward, at the time of the census, Judas the Galilean appeared and got some people to follow him in a revolt. He was killed too, and all his followers scattered far and wide.