Good day! Please read Acts 12:6-25, Acts 13, and Acts 14:1-20. What’s your take-a-way today?
“But the word of God grew and multiplied” Acts 12:24
It may be difficult for many of us to imagine being persecuted (truly persecuted) for our faith. Perhaps it seems crazy to us – but Peter’s literal situation: “the time came for Herod to bring him out for the kill” (Acts 12:6 MSG). An angel rescues Peter, leads him right out of danger. I take these histories literally – I believe it happened the way the Bible says it happened. I believe that God is still working these miracles on our behalf today, if we open our eyes and hearts to Him. In spite of this danger, the Word of God grew and multiplied!
I find this verse worth noting:
“Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck Herod, because he did not give glory to God” Acts 12:23
We had already read in the Old Testament that God does not share His glory (Isaiah 42:8). His Name is powerful and worthy to be praised. Herod refused to give glory to God – and he paid for that mistake with his life. Let’s not make the same mistake in our lives.
Now Saul/Pauli’s commissioned as a missionary. I’m excited to be on this missionary journey – reading this chronologically is both eye-opening and exciting!
“Fasted, prayed, laid hands on them, they sent them away” Acts 13:3