Acts 11 and 12 Beware…you are NOT God!
Incredibly since we began this journey in January, we have met men who think they can control life and all that pertains to it! In Exodus, we met Pharaoh, who said, “Who is this God that I should obey him. [Ex 5:2] and in Daniel, we met a blustering king who gave all credit to himself, not God. [Daniel 4:33] Now, fast forward to the NT, where the religious leaders think they can contain these Jesus followers/disciples through threats and death, but this “Jesus thing” keeps growing and taking over the whole world. Acts 12 reveals to us King Herod, who thinks he can stop what the religious leaders could not by killing the apostle James by the sword. When that brought glee to them, he imprisoned Peter yet an angel opens prison doors and frees Peter to go and preach the gospel!
All of these have either not known or have forgotten this principle: Isa 42:8 “I am the Lord! That is my name! I will not share my glory with anyone else.” And so Herod meets God: “Immediately an angel of the Lord struck Herod down because he did not give the glory to God, and he was eaten by worms and died.” [Acts 12:23]
God is God, and there is none other. Give Him glory and praise for if you do not, one day you will realize too late this principle: “at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth and confess Jesus as Lord,” [Phil 2:10-11]