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Another Prison Opens ……..

After yesterday’s blog, I was reminded of Peter’s imprisonment in Acts 12.  Read the whole chapter.  Please notice the means which the Lord uses to free His disciple for the works He still had planned for him to do before the foundation of the world.

 I feel as though my work is coming to an end and I would like to continue writing these “memoirs” for my GRANDdaughter of the Lord’s working out our works.  I am old enough now to see His Hand in past events with fresh eyes.  Most of these blogs are not saved or backed up on my computer.  I just open WordPress and start typing with my heart.  I need to do some copying and pasting and printing for a notebook to leave for her.

I am in a prison of headache pain.  Perhaps the Lord has planned a release.  I do not know the kind of release.  🙂 I called Dr. Smith’s office yesterday and got a message that they were busy with patients.  I was to leave a message and they would get back to me.  Idid.  They did not.

In Peter’s prison incident, he falls asleep.  As far as he knows, he will be awakened when it is time to be killed.  Herod is out to please the Jews.  He has had James, John’s brother, “put to death with a sword.”  Jews are pleased.  Herod has Peter arrested. His plans are to just keep pleasing the Jews.  But, now he has a little delay around a Jewish holiday – so to speak.  Herod assigns four squads of four – 16 soldiers to guard Peter!  He slept between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door. 

 Uh – did I tell you that Peter was sleeping?!  I’m pretty sure that he didn’t have a Select Comfort mattress!

Peter is sleeping.  Church is fervently praying.

Right before Herod sends for the sleeping Peter, an angel of the Lord struck Peter’s side to rouse him and continues to tell him to quickly get up and in what order to put on his garments and sandals.  Peter is led right out of there and thinks he is participating in a vision!  (By the way, I looked up this word “smote” (KJV) – “struck” (NASB) in v. 7.  It is the same word used when Peter struck the soldier’s ear when his Lord was betrayed by Judas.  Reckon that’s the why of such a heavy guard on Peter??) 

You just gotta’ read the whole thing.  So here it is.  Just observe God at work:  (P. S. – look for another “struck” – same word – in v. 23 )

1 ¶ Now about that time Herod the king laid hands on some who belonged to the church, in order to mistreat them.
2 And he had James the brother of John put to death with a sword.
3 And when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. Now it was during the days of Unleavened Bread.
4 And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out before the people.
5 ¶ So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.
6 And on the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains; and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison.
7 And behold, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared, and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter’s side and roused him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And his chains fell off his hands.
8 And the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he *said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.”
9 And he went out and continued to follow, and he did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.
10 And when they had passed the first and second guard, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which opened for them by itself; and they went out and went along one street; and immediately the angel departed from him.
11 And when Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I know for sure that the Lord has sent forth His angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.”
12 And when he realized [this,] he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was also called Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.
13 And when he knocked at the door of the gate, a servant-girl named Rhoda came to answer.
14 And when she recognized Peter’s voice, because of her joy she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter was standing in front of the gate.
15 And 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 had opened [the door], 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 led him out of the prison. And he said, “Report these things to James and the brethren.” And he departed and went to another place.
18 Now when day came, there was no small disturbance among the soldiers [as to] what could have become of Peter.
19 And when Herod had searched for him and had not found him, he examined the guards and ordered that they be led away [to execution.] And he went down from Judea to Caesarea and was spending time there.
20 ¶ Now he was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon; and with one accord they came to him, and having won over Blastus the king’s chamberlain, they were asking for peace, because their country was fed by the king’s country.
21 And on an appointed day Herod, having put on his royal apparel, took his seat on the rostrum and [began] delivering an address to them.
22 And the people kept crying out, “The voice of a god and not of a man!”
23 And immediately an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died.
24 But the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied.
25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their mission, taking along with [them] John, who was also called Mark.


November 24, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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