Summary of Acts 12:18-25:
Herod then killed all the guards who let Peter escape.
God then struck Herod down, and the word of the Lord continued to spread. Then Barnabas and Saul returned to Jerusalem from Antioch (Acts 11:25-6) with John also called Mark.
BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 8, Day 5: Acts 12:18-25
10) God struck down Herod who was then eaten by worms.
11) Personal Question. My answer: God takes being slighted seriously. People are fickle.
12) Personal Question. My answer: Unsure where flourishing. Be a witness for Him always.
Conclusions: BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 8, Day 5: Acts 12:18-25
Herod got what he deserved, which all evil-doers do — we just get to see it this time.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 8, Day 5: Acts 12:18-25
This is one of the great understatements of the Bible. Herod was furious that his prized prisoner had escaped.
The execution of the guards was customary. In that day, if a guard’s prisoner escaped, the guard was given the penalty due to the prisoner – in this case, death.
The people of Tyre and Sidon wanted to make peace with Herod (Herod Agrippa I), the grandson of Herod the Great. Since Herod had been very angry with them, and they needed the food that came from Herod’s country, the crowd was motivated to please Herod.
The people of Tyre and Sidon seemed to praise Herod as if he were a god. For his part, Herod enjoyed it, taking the glory unto himself.
The manner of Herod’s death was appropriate to his spiritual state; he was corrupted from the inside out. In writing to the Roman world, the ancient Jewish historian Josephus also described the death of Herod:
“He put on a garment made wholly of silver, and of a contexture truly wonderful, and came into the theatre early in the morning; at which time the silver of his garment, being illuminated by the fresh reflection of the sun’s rays upon it, shone out after a surprising manner, and was so resplendent as to spread a horror over those that looked intently upon him; and presently his flatterers cried out, one from one place, and another from another (though not for his good), that he was a god…A severe pain also arose in his belly, and began in a most violent manner… when he had been quite worn out by the pain in his belly for five days, he departed this life.” (Antiquities, XIX.8.2)
Herod believed he had the upper hand against God’s people, but God showed who was really in charge – Herod was judged, and the church was blessed.
Herod fought against God. He killed James but didn’t defeat God’s plan. He arrested Peter, but the earnestly praying church saw God rescue Peter, and the apostle’s work continue.
History is filled with the stories of men who thought they could fight God and succeed; their ruined lives are evidence that it can’t be done.
Coming back from their relief effort to Jerusalem (Acts 11:30), Barnabas and Saul brought John Mark with them back to the church at Antioch.