- Acts 12:21-25
- Acts 12:21 (KJB)
- And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne,
and made an oration unto them.
- The people on both sides had probably been very happy that a settlement
had been reached in the dispute and Herod was probably going to make an
announcement concerning the fact that peace would still be in force between
the two provinces. So in typical politician style, he had donned his royal
robes and sat upon his throne as any king would and then proceeded to make a
speech to his constituents.
- Acts 12:22 (KJB)
- And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god,
and not of a man.
- The people of Tyre and Sidon had adopted the Greek language and they
also adopted the idolatry which came with it. They had believed in the full
pantheon of the gods of Athens. This is why they yelled that it was the
voice of a god. This also happened to Paul when the people of Lystra called
him Mercurius because he was the chief speaker. (Acts 14:12 KJV)
And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the
chief speaker. The difference was that Paul did not
accept that and he told them about the true God.
- Acts 12:23 (KJB)
- And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God
the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.
- Since Herod did not reject that “god” comment, he was struck by God for
accepting it. He was instantly killed and was eaten by worms which must have
been some site. It is a good reminder that we must never accept for
ourselves the glory which is to be given to God. This is the problem with
too many media preachers and mega-church pastors. They think it is all about
them and their ministry. They become the central figure. Read my study
called “The Herod Principle” at:
- Acts 12:24 (KJB)
- But the word of God grew and multiplied.
- Despite what happens in politics or whatever political environment
Christians live in, God can and does grow His word and that is within
Christians, and within the church and then it continues to go forth as it
spreads throughout the whole world. There is not one government in this
present time or in past times which had the ability to stop the spread of
the Gospel. God’s word continues to grow until the last day. The Gospel was
beginning to penetrate all provinces in the Roman Empire, even in the palace
of Caesar there was Gospel testimony. (Phil 4:22 KJV) All the
saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household.
- Acts 12:25 (KJB)
- And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled
their ministry, and took with them John, whose surname was Mark.
- Barnabas and Saul had fulfilled their mission by bringing the relief
money to the church at Jerusalem and when they were done, they had returned
to Antioch. While they were at Jerusalem, they had taken with them John Mark
who they probably saw in him the desire for ministry. In those days there
were no schools of training, instead if anyone was interested in ministry,
they would become an apprentice to one who was already established in the
ministry. This was done for many years in churches. When a man believed he
had the pastoral calling, he would become the apprentice of an established
pastor and he would teach him and evaluate him to see if he really does have
a calling. Today there is no apprentice program, all you need is to attend
seminary and the only requirement to get into most seminaries is a
checkbook, and we wonder why our churches are in the shape they are in.