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Herod’s Death July 31, 2016

Posted by flashbuzzer in Books, Christianity.
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Here are my thoughts on Acts 12:19b-25.

Summary: In this passage, King Herod traveled to Caesarea, where he resolved an ongoing dispute with the people of Tyre and Sidon. When he addressed them, they shouted that he was divine. Since he accepted this praise, God struck him down; in contrast, the kingdom of God continued to thrive – with the assistance of Barnabas and Saul.

Thoughts: Here, we see that Herod suffered an untimely demise. Calvin offers some thoughts on this point in his commentary on verse 23:

What is certain is that even while he was alive he was wasting away with rottenness and an offensive smell, so that he was not only suffering pain but was a laughing-stock to everybody. God chose a punishment of great ignominy for repressing this proud man’s cruelty…But by the worms and putrefaction that devoured him and broke out of his body, he was treated as he deserved.

I am curious as to how the people of Tyre and Sidon – along with Blastus – responded to God’s judgment of Herod. If they were unbelievers before God struck him down, did this dramatic event spur them to investigate the truth of the Gospel message? Did they even ascribe his death to the God of Israel? Had they even heard of the God of Israel before this dramatic event? Why did they praise Herod as being divine when he addressed them?

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