Summary Acts 12:12-17:
Peter went to the house of Mary mother of John to tell them he was okay. Many people were there praying for him. The servant girl, Rhoda, was shocked as was everyone else at Peter’s escape. He told his tale and told them to tell James and the others. Then Peter fled for safety.
BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 8, Day 4: Acts 12:12-17
8 ) Personal Question. My answer: Simply, prayer is powerful.
9a) Personal Question. My answer: You can’t ever give up hope in the power of prayer and the power of others praying for you.
b) Personal Question. My answer: It doesn’t really. Just keep praying for others.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 8, Day 4: Acts 12:12-17
It’s cool that Luke recorded the servant girl’s name.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 8, Day 4: Acts 12:12-17
Rhoda was so excited to hear from Peter that she left him out at the gate! The natural, true-to-life feel of these accounts show the reliable historical character of the Book of Acts.
We are comforted (and amused) by the little faith of these Christians. Even while they prayed for Peter, they found it hard to believe God actually answered their prayer.
Their prayer was earnest (Acts 12:5), but their faith was not overwhelming. Little faith can accomplish great things if it is placed in the great God.
The Jews believed in the idea of guardian angels, and it seems that some among them may have believed that one’s guardian angel bore some kind of resemblance to the human it was assigned to.
The James that Peter told others to report to was not the James who was just martyred. It was probably James, the brother of Jesus, who was a prominent figure in the church at Jerusalem.