A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
So sorry to hear about the young actor, Paul Walker’s passing. I enjoyed all the “Fast and Furious” movies and the actors that starred in them. I hope he and his friend knew the Lord, and I pray for their families. 1Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing. All God’s people should pray for one another and we shall see cause to give thanks for sparing and preventing, for common and uncommon. past and present, temporal and spiritual mercies. Not only for prosperous and pleasing, but also for afflicting providences, for chastisements and corrections: for God designs all for our good, though we at present may not be able to see it. Matthew Henry.
Just listening to Rance Allen’s “That Will Be Good Enough For Me”.
“Herod’s Death”, Acts 12:20, 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 thrown, 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. Jude 16. 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. Exodus 12:12, 23, 29. 24) But the Word of God grew and multiplied. Isaiah 55:11. 25) And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose surname was Mark.
Matthew Henry’s Complete Bible Commentary – V 20-25 Herod was highly displeased with this people of Tyre and Sidon, and they must be made to know that his wrath was as the roaring of a lion. (2.) They submitted and were willing upon any terms to make peace with him. Observe, [1.] The reason why they were desirous to resolve the matter: Because their country was nourished by the king’s country. Tyre and Sidon were trading cities, and had little land belonging to them, but were always supplied with corn from the land of Canaan; Judah and Israel traded in their market, with wheat, and honey, and oil, Ezekiel 27:17 . Now if Herod should make a law to prohibit the exportation of corn to Tyre and Sidon (which they knew not but a man so revengeful as he might soon do, not caring how many were famished by it), their country would be undone; so that it was their interest to keep in with him. And is it not then our wisdom to make our peace with God, and humble ourselves before him, for in him we live, and move, and have our being. .(3.) Herod appeared in all the pomp and grandeur he had: He was arrayed in his royal apparel (v. 21), and sat upon his throne. Josephus gives an account of this splendid appearance which Herod made upon this occasion. He says that Herod at this time wore a robe, the cloth made of silver, so richly woven, and framed with such art, that when the sun shone it reflected the light with such a lustre as dazzled the eyes of the spectators, and struck an awe upon them. Foolish people value men by their outward appearance; and no better are those who value themselves by the esteem of such, who court it, as Herod did, (4.) He made a speech to the men of Tyre and Sidon, a fine oration, in which, he concluded with an assurance that he would pass by their offence and receive them into his favour again-that he had it in his power whom he would to keep alive, as well as whom he would to slay. The people applauded him, and they gave a shout; and they shouted, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man, v. 22. God is great and good, and they thought such was Herod’s greatness in his apparel and throne, and such his goodness in forgiving them, that he was worthy to be called no less than a god; Thus great men are made an easy prey to flatterers. How his iniquity was punished: Immediately (v. 23) the angel of the Lord smote him (by the order of Christ, for to Him all judgment is committed), because he gave not God the glory (for God is jealous for His own honour, and will be glorified even upon those whom He is not glorified by); and he was eaten of worms above ground, and gave up the ghost. Now he was reckoned with for vexing the church of Christ, killing James, imprisoning Peter, and all the other mischiefs he had done. Observe in the destruction of Herod, and then he died in the fifty-fourth year of his age, when he had been king seven years. The word of God grew and multiplied, as seed sown, which comes up with a great increase, thirty, sixty, a hundred fold; wherever the gospel was preached, multitudes embraced it, and were added to the church by it, v. 24. After the death of James, the word of God grew; for the church, the more it was afflicted, the more it multiplied. The courage and comfort of the martyrs, and God’s owning them, did more to invite people to Christianity, than their sufferings did to deter them from it. 2. Barnabas and Saul returned to Antioch as soon as they had dispatched the business they were sent upon: When they had fulfilled their ministry, had taken care about the due distribution of money to those for whom it was collected, they returned from Jerusalem. They took with them John, whose surname was Mark, at whose mother’s house they had that meeting for prayer which we read of in v. 12. She was sister to Barnabas and it was at that time while they were with the family that they agreed they would take the son of that family with them when they returned, to be trained up under them in the service of the gospel. Educating young men for the ministry is a good service to the rising generation.
More to come and God Bless You.