Monday, November 04, 2002

Edifier du Jour-Acts 12:18-25(NASB) [Note-this is just after an angel busted Peter out of prison]
18 Now when day came, there was no small disturbance among the soldiers as to what could have become of Peter. 19 When Herod had searched for him and had not found him, he examined the guards and ordered that they be led away to execution. Then he went down from Judea to Caesarea and was spending time there. 20 Now he was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon; and with one accord they came to him, and having won over Blastus the king's chamberlain, they were asking for peace, because their country was fed by the king's country. 21 On an appointed day Herod, having put on his royal apparel, took his seat on the rostrum and began delivering an address to them. 22 The people kept crying out, "The voice of a god and not of a man!" 23 And immediately an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died. 24 But the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied. 25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their mission, taking along with them John, who was also called Mark.
Remember to give God his props. We tend to be foul-weather friends with God; on our knees when things are going bad and neglecting Him when time are good. Let's be Herod opposite and praise God and give Him the credit He's due. Going against God's kingdom isn't a cool career move, but some things anger God more than others. Saul's zealousness in persecuting the early Christians could be more easily forgiven in that he was trying to squash what looked like a heretical movement, doing what he felt God would want him to do. However, Herod (this is the grandson of the baby-killer of the nativity stories) wasn't seeking after God, but looking after his own political well-being. He went after the Christians when he saw it helping him get more of the Jewish vote (listening to a pre-incarnate Dick Morris?), not because he felt it was what God wanted. Allowing his rhetoric to be praised as God like was the last straw for God. God doesn't always "getya for that” right away, but Herod got some "instant karma" (almost instant-Josephus says he took six days to die) in this story.

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