“But the word of God increased and multiplied.” Acts 12:24
In this chapter we see a showdown between Herod and God. Not Herod the Great who was in power when Jesus was born, but Herod’s grandson who is also named Herod. I know, confusing.
Here is a summary of the showdown and the ways God showed His power time and time again:
- Herod kills James (v. 2) -> angel of the Lord kills Herod by having him eaten by worms. (v. 23)
- Herod throws Peter in jail (v. 4). -> angel of the Lord frees Peter (v. 7)
- Herod seeks Peter and orders him to be put to death (v. 19) -> God protects Peter (v. 16)
- Herod doesn’t give glory to God (v. 23) -> The word of God increases and multiplies (v.24)
So what’s the point? I think it’s pretty simple – if you oppose God, you lose. Even if you are part of the most powerful empire on earth, have all the resources and money in the world, nothing can come close to the power of God.