Acts Chapter 12
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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Matthew Henry's Acts Chapter 12 Bible commentary...
The martyrdom of James, and the imprisonment of Peter. (1-5) He is delivered from prison by an angel. (6-11) Peter departs, Herod's rage. (12-19) The death of Herod. (20-25)1-5 James was one of the sons of Zebedee, whom Christ told that they should drink of the cup that he was to drink of, and be baptized with the baptism that he was to be baptized with, #Mt 20:23|. Now the words of Christ were made good in him; and if we suffer with Christ, we shall reign with him. Herod imprisoned Peter: the way of persecution, as of other sins, is downhill; when men are in it, they cannot easily stop. Those make themselves an easy prey to Satan, who make it their business to please men. Thus James finished his course. But Peter, being designed for further services, was safe; though he seemed now marked out for a speedy sacrifice. We that live in a cold, prayerless generation, can hardly form an idea of the earnestness of these holy men of old. But if the Lord should bring on the church an awful persecution like this of Herod, the faithful in Christ would learn what soul-felt prayer is.
6-11 A peaceful conscience, a lively hope, and the consolations of the Holy Spirit, can keep men calm in the full prospect of death; even those very persons who have been most distracted with terrors on that account. God's time to help, is when things are brought to the last extremity. Peter was assured that the Lord would cause this trial to end in the way that should be most for his glory. Those who are delivered out of spiritual imprisonment must follow their Deliverer, like the Israelites when they went out of the house of bondage. They knew not whither they went, but knew whom they followed. When God will work salvation for his people, all difficulties in their way will be overcome, even gates of iron are made to open of their own accord. This deliverance of Peter represents our redemption by Christ, which not only proclaims liberty to the captives, but brings them out of the prison-house. Peter, when he recollected himself, perceived what great things God had done for him. Thus souls delivered out of spiritual bondage, are not at first aware what God has wrought in them; many have the truth of grace, that want evidence of it. But when the Comforter comes, whom the Father will send, sooner or later, he will let them know what a blessed change is wrought.
12-19 God's providence leaves room for the use of our prudence, though he has undertaken to perform and perfect what he has begun. These Christians continued in prayer for Peter, for they were truly in earnest. Thus men ought always to pray, and not to faint. As long as we are kept waiting for a mercy, we must continue praying for it. But sometimes that which we most earnestly wish for, we are most backward to believe. The Christian law of self-denial and of suffering for Christ, has not done away the natural law of caring for our own safety by lawful means. In times of public danger, all believers have God for their hiding-place; which is so secret, that the world cannot find them. Also, the instruments of persecution are themselves exposed to danger; the wrath of God hangs over all that engage in this hateful work. And the range of persecutors often vents itself on all in its way.
20-25 Many heathen princes claimed and received Divine honours, but it was far more horrible impiety in Herod, who knew the word and worship of the living God, to accept such idolatrous honours without rebuking the blasphemy. And such men as Herod, when puffed with pride and vanity, are ripening fast for signal vengeance. God is very jealous for his own honour, and will be glorified upon those whom he is not glorified by. See what vile bodies we carry about with us; they have in them the seeds of their own dissolution, by which they will soon be destroyed, whenever God does but speak the word. We may learn wisdom from the people of Tyre and Sidon, for we have offended the Lord with our sins. We depend on him for life, and breath, and all things; it surely then behoves us to humble ourselves before him, that through the appointed Mediator, who is ever ready to befriend us, we may be reconciled to him, lest wrath come upon us to the utmost.
Dennis's Acts Chapter 12 comment on 1/06/2014, 10:25am...
one it was not easter it was the feast of unleavened bread . i also believe GOD made peter invisible and they passed the guards unnoticed, praying and fasting is the key.
ANGELA BARNES's Acts Chapter 12 comment about verse 4 on 9/30/2013, 11:22am...
I am not quite clear on the verse in Acts 12:4 about Easter. Can someone make it clear to me so that I can make known?
JW's Acts Chapter 12 comment about verse 4 on 8/27/2013, 9:25am...
So, Was this Easter a holiday of the Romans? Because the Christians did not believe in what was called Easter.
Smith's Acts Chapter 12 comment on 7/27/2013, 11:23am...
check this out i hope it helps you God Bless
Ngetich Robert's Acts Chapter 12 comment about verse 5 on 7/22/2013, 9:08am...
Prayer the righteous is of great power and availeth much. Surely there is wonder working power in prayer and so as christians we ought to pray continually with no failure and we have cir***stances submit to the POWER.amen.
Brenda ragsdale's Acts Chapter 12 comment on 5/06/2013, 8:13pm...
in chapter 12 verse 4. where it says 'AND DELIVERED HIM TO FOUR QUATERNIONS OF SOLDIERS TO KEEP HIM;INTENDING AFTER EASTER....... ok, i know the jews and te christians at the time of Lukes writeing acts that they did not celebrate EASTER and EASTER did not exist. was this translation by the king james version of the bible useing the name EASTER because the english language didnt have a word for PECHACH or PASCHA hebrew and greek for passover. could this not lead to erronouse use of easter for passover ? Is this the only verse in the Bible where the word EASTER is used ? this could be confussing to some could it not ?
Larry Davis's Acts Chapter 12 comment about verse 23 on 11/18/2012, 11:41am...
The Holy Spirit doesn't use His Word in a casual manner...i.e., saying one thing while meaning something different. So when the Holy Spirit uses Luke to write His Word in Acts (specifically Acts 12:23) and says, Immediately, then I would hesitate to imply any length of time attributed to Herod giving up the ghost. For not only are you challenging the accuracy of Holy Scriptures, but worse you are in peril of adding to or taking away that which has been given by the Holy Spirit; and stand accursed before God.
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