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Don’t mess with Me | Acts 12:20-25

20 Now Herod was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon. So they sent a delegation to make peace with him because their cities were dependent upon Herod’s country for food. The delegates won the support of Blastus, Herod’s personal assistant, 21 and an appointment with Herod was granted. When the day arrived, Herod put on his royal robes, sat on his throne, and made a speech to them. 22 The people gave him a great ovation, shouting, “It’s the voice of a god, not of a man!”

23 Instantly, an angel of the Lord struck Herod with a sickness, because he accepted the people’s worship instead of giving the glory to God. So he was consumed with worms and died.

24 Meanwhile, the word of God continued to spread, and there were many new believers.

25 When Barnabas and Saul had finished their mission to Jerusalem, they returned,[d] taking John Mark with them.

Acts 12:20-25 (NLT) 中文

Peter persecuted

Herod Agrippa I the king of the Jews was persecuting the new church. He had James, brother of John, killed with a sword (12:2).  He tried to do the same to Peter but God stepped in and miraculously rescued him from the Roman prison – it seems because the church was fervently praying for him.

Don’t mess with Me!

Herod got mad at the folks in Tyre and Sidon. Since this impacted their economy and livelihood drastically, they called for peace and, through his assistant, got an audience with him. He gave a speech and the people of Tyre and Sidon buttered him up and called him a god. He must have pridefully soaked it all in. God chose to snuff him out. Surely it was for his pride but also, I believe, for persecuting the church. It seems the message was clear: Don’t mess with Me! It must have been a painful and gross way to die. But that was just the beginning of his suffering!

No stopping

There is no stopping the work of God. The word of God continues to spread. This is probably a reference to overall spread in different areas since, up to now, there is no mention of the Gospel in Tyre and Sidon in Acts. 

While at the same time, Saul and Barnabus finished their mission of delivering relief funds to Jerusalem and returned to Antioch. Note the introduction of John Mark here. He will come up later. 

RЯeflection

  • We also should be careful of pride. It’s so easy, if we do something well in the Kingdom, we receive praise from others. Then we glory in that praise. Maybe we’ll give a token, “Oh, it’s for His glory” but we really rob the glory from God. How are we to respond in this kind of situation? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
  • God’s mission continues to keep moving. Are you facing an obstacle that is stopping or slowing the work God has called you to do? Persevere. Keep your eyes on the end goal. We are wise to keep seeking and trusting in the Lord.
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