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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Acts 12:18-25: Herod’s End

King Herod

King Herod

“Miracles granted and yet not believed.  We are so quick to explain away the simple answer that God is always accompanying us”.  This is the closing line of our Noontime reflection Expect MiraclesToday we see what becomes of Herod when he attempted to make himself a god.  It is not a pretty end. 

At the beginning of this chapter we find Herod persecuting the Christians; he has James killed and had Peter arrested.  In the central portion of this chapter, we read about the miracle that God brings about to free Peter, and then we have the closing that describes the end of the man who would set himself up as a god . . . he was eaten by worms and breathed his last.  Notes tell us that Josephus describes this same accounting of events and that the people of the time saw it as divine punishment.  We can only speculate about the effects of his death on the people but still, we are given something to chew over here.  We are reminded once again that . . . God is in charge.  We cannot make something happen that is not part of God’s plan.  Nor can we prevent something from happening that is a part of God’s plan.

We are also reminded that miracles happen under our noses every day that we are so quick to explain away the simple answer that God is always accompanying us. 

Herod missed his opportunity to know new life.  He believed that he might force his vision of the world on others, and we see how wrong he was.  He believed that he understood how the world really works, and we see how wrong he was.  He believed that he could bring to bear every resource available to end this movement that had plagued the region since the appearance of the magi who followed a bright star to Bethlehem, and we see how wrong he was.

Miracles are granted to us every day yet we are so quick to explain away the simple answer that God is always accompanying us.

The miracle of the gift of Jesus is something that Herod would not acknowledge.  The miracle of the hope of Jesus is a possibility that Herod wanted to erase because it was beyond his control.  The miracle of the resurrection of Jesus and the promise of our own resurrection is something we do not want to miss, for we have read and understood Herod’s end.  So let us not forget that . . . Miracles are granted to us every day yet we are so quick to explain away the simple answer that God is always accompanying us.


For more on the miracle of Peter’s deliverance from Herod’s prison, see the Expect Miracles page on this blog at: https://thenoontimes.com/miracles/expect-miracles/

Written on August 23, 2010 and re-written today as a Favorite.

Image from: http://pleasantstreetumc.blogspot.com/2011/12/advent-devotion-for-december-10.html

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