Now you know that the Lord’s enemies do not end up winners, even if it seems that way to you sometimes.

BibleGateway: Acts 12:12-25

ESV Text: Acts 12:12-25

Acts 12:12–25 (Listen)

12 When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying. 13 And when he knocked at the door of the gateway, a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer. 14 Recognizing Peter’s voice, in her joy she did not open the gate but ran in and reported that Peter was standing at the gate. 15 They said to her, “You are out of your mind.” But she kept insisting that it was so, and they kept saying, “It is his angel!” 16 But Peter continued knocking, and when they opened, they saw him and were amazed. 17 But motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he described to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, “Tell these things to James and to the brothers.”1 Then he departed and went to another place.

18 Now when day came, there was no little disturbance among the soldiers over what had become of Peter. 19 And after Herod searched for him and did not find him, he examined the sentries and ordered that they should be put to death. Then he went down from Judea to Caesarea and spent time there.

The Death of Herod

20 Now Herod was angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon, and they came to him with one accord, and having persuaded Blastus, the king’s chamberlain,2 they asked for peace, because their country depended on the king’s country for food. 21 On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat upon the throne, and delivered an oration to them. 22 And the people were shouting, “The voice of a god, and not of a man!” 23 Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last.

24 But the word of God increased and multiplied.

25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from3 Jerusalem when they had completed their service, bringing with them John, whose other name was Mark.

Footnotes

[1] 12:17 Or brothers and sisters

[2] 12:20 That is, trusted personal attendant

[3] 12:25 Some manuscripts to

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KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:43 and ends at about 3:43

12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying. 13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda. 14 And when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate. 15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel. 16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished. 17 But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place. 18 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter. 19 And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and there abode.

     20 And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king’s chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because their country was nourished by the king’s country. 21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. 22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. 23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost. 24 But the word of God grew and multiplied. 25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose surname was Mark.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 213 :
Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise

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1. Hail the day that sees Him rise 
To His throne above the skies 
Christ, awhile to mortals given 
Reascends His native heaven 

2. There the glorious triumph waits 
Lift your heads, eternal gates 
Christ hath conquered death and sin 
Take the King of glory in 

3. See the Heav’n its Lord receives, 
Yet He loves the earth He leaves, 
Though returning to His throne, 
Still He calls mankind His own 

4. See! He lifts His hands above 
See! He shows the prints of love 
Hark! His gracious lips bestow 
Blessings on His church below 

5. Still for us He intercedes 
His prevailing death He pleads 
Near Himself prepares our place 
Harbinger of human race 

6. There we shall with Thee remain 
Partners of Thy endless reign 
There Thy face unclouded see 
Find our heaven of heavens in Thee 


Hymn: LSB 680 Thine the Amen, Thine the Praise
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Seeing how popular the execution of James had made him, Herod tried for Peter too, but God had more for Peter to do and Herod could not stop it.

BibleGateway: Acts 12:1-11

ESV Text: Acts 12:1-11

Acts 12:1–11 (Listen)

James Killed and Peter Imprisoned

12:1 About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church. He killed James the brother of John with the sword, and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread. And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people. So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.

Peter Is Rescued

Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands. And the angel said to him, “Dress yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” And he went out and followed him. He did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10 When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city. It opened for them of its own accord, and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel left him. 11 When Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.”

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KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:0 and ends at about 1:52

     1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. 2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) 4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.

     5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. 6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. 7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. 8 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. 9 And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. 10 When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. 11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 420 :
My Jesus, as Thou Wilt

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1. My Jesus, as Thou wilt; 
Oh, may Thy will be mine! 
Into Thy hand of love 
I would my all resign. 
Through sorrow or through joy 
Conduct me as Thine own 
And help me still to say, 
My Lord, Thy will be done. 

2. My Jesus, as Thou wilt. 
If needy here and poor, 
Give me Thy people’s bread, 
Thy Word, so rich and sure. 
This manna from above 
Let my soul feed upon; 
And if all else should fail, 
My Lord, Thy will be done. 

3. My Jesus, as Thou wilt. 
Though seen by many a tear, 
Let not my star of hope 
Grow dim or disappear. 
Since Thou on earth hast wept 
And sorrowed oft alone, 
If I must weep with Thee, 
My Lord, Thy will be done. 

4. My Jesus, as Thou wilt. 
When death itself draws nigh, 
Unto Thy wounded side 
For refuge I would fly 
And, clinging to Thee, go 
Where Thou before hast gone. 
My times are in Thy hand: 
My Lord, Thy will be done. 

5. My Jesus, as Thou wilt. 
All shall be well for me; 
Each changing future scene 
I gladly trust with Thee. 
Thus to my home above 
I travel calmly on 
And sing in life or death, 
My Lord, Thy will be done.