Reading Acts chapter 12 we see the church press forward in great opposition and with great help from God. The chapter starts with King Herod killing the Apostle James, then he imprisons Peter; finally, near the end of the chapter Herod is killed by an angel. It’s noteworthy that Herod didn’t face immediate recompense from the Lord for killing James or putting Peter in prison, but when the people called him a god and he accepted their praise, an angel struck him and he immediately died.
After losing James, the people could have been very discouraged when Peter was put in prison. If they focused on what happened to James instead of God (The miracle worker), they may not have prayed like they did. Because of the church’s earnest prayer, God set Peter free. We can never give up when we have setbacks.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan