Putting God's Word into Practice…

Acts 12 ~ God’s Plan Cannot Be Stopped

on July 5, 2012

This chapter starts off with a new enemy for Christians–King Herod (another one)!  He killed James the disciple of Jesus, brother of John, one of the “Sons of Thunder” with the sword.  Seeing how thrilling it was, he went on to arrest and imprison Peter.  “But earnest prayer was made for him to God by the church.”  God sent an angel to miraculously release Peter.  When Peter arrived at the home of Mary, mother of John Mark, where the believers were praying, a servant girl named Rhoda answered the door. Telling the believers that Peter was at the door; they replied, “It must be his ghost!”  Apparently earnest prayer works even when it’s faithless!  2 Timothy 2:13 says, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful for He cannot deny Himself.”  What a great God!

In Herod’s anger and probable embarrassment, he had the sentries who guarded Peter killed, and he headed out to Caesarea.  Here we found out that he was also angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon.  But they came to him in praise and flattery fit for a god.  In fact they chanted over and over, “The voice of a god, and not of a man!”  Herod stole the glory from God and paid the price with his life.  As we have been going through John in church, we just studied the first 5 verses of chapter 17…Jesus modeled for us that any glory we receive is only to point people to the Father’s glory.  

Although Herod’s life ended, the church and the Word of God moved forward in multiplied effectiveness.  God loves His Church and His Word.  They are eternal and He will stop at nothing to advance them for His glory and for our good.  In this chapter we see how God allowed one servant to die and the other to be rescued.  His plans are not always understandable, but they are always perfect.


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