A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
“Peter’s Miraculous Escape From Prison” cont’d, Acts 12:11) 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. Psalm 33:18. 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. 2Timothy 4:11. 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 <em>the door,</em> 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 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.
Matthew Henry’s Complete Bible Commentary – v11-19, Peter, when he recollected himself, perceived of a truth what great things God had done for him, which at first he could not believe for joy. A damsel came to hearken; not to open the door till she knew who was there, a friend or a foe. But, instead of letting him in immediately out of the cold, she opened not the gate for gladness. She ran in, and told them that Peter was certainly at the gate, though she had not courage enough to open the gate, for fear she should be deceived, and it should be the enemy. But, when she spoke of Peter’s being there, they said, “Thou art mad; it is impossible it should be he, for he is in prison.” Sometimes that which we most earnestly wish for we are most backward to believe. However, she stood to it that it was he. (v. 16): He continued knocking though they delayed to open to him, and at last they admitted him. When they saw him, they were astonished, were filled with wonder and joy in him. It was both surprising and pleasing to them in the highest degree.(6.) Peter gave them an account of his deliverance. And it is very likely, having found them praying for his deliverance, he did not part with them till he and they had together solemnly given thanks to God. Peter sent the account to others of his friends: Go, show these things to James, and to the brethren with him. He would have James and his company to know of his deliverance, (v. 19): Herod sought for him, and found him not. Who can find whom God hath hidden? Jer. 36:26 . In times of public danger, all believers have God for their hiding-place. Herod examined the keepers, and finding that they could give no satisfactory account how Peter got away, he commanded that they should be put to death, according to the Roman law, and that 1 Ki. 20:39 4. Herod himself retired upon it: He went down from Judea to Caesarea, and there abode. He was vexed to the heart, and the more because he had so much raised the expectation of the people of the Jews concerning Peter. He came thither to solemnize the plays that were kept there, by a vast concourse of the nobility and gentry of the kingdom, for the health of Caesar, and in honour of him.