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Don't be a Herod!

By Stephanie Doughtery-Linton
Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Scripture Verses
Acts 12:19b-25

19b. Then Herod went from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there awhile.

20.  He had been quarreling with the people of Tyre and Sidon; they now joined together and sought an audience with him.  Having secured the support of Blastus, a trusted personal servant of the king, they asked for peace, because they depended on the king’s country for their food supply.

21.  On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. 

22. They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.”

23. Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.

24. But the word of God continued to increase and spread.

25. When Barnabus and Saul had finished their mission, they returned from Jerusalem, taking with them John, also called Mark.

After winning the AFC championship in January, Jim Irsay stepped up on the platform to accept a magnificent trophy on behalf of his Colts.  Jim gripped the trophy, raised it above his head, inciting the crowd’s roar.  When the cheers died down he stepped up to the microphone and said, “I want to thank God…”  I didn’t even hear the rest. I was so amazed that this wealthy and powerful man used such a platform to praise God. He could have taken all the glory for himself.  He could have given all the glory to Peyton or a couple of awesome rookies.  But no, he gave the glory to God!  Love him or hate him, Jim Irsay knows the truth of the galaxies.  God is Lord.  It is because of Him that all things are possible. 

If only Herod could have been so insightful.  This story is of Herod Agrippa the first, grandson of Herod the Great.  It seems that the Herods just couldn’t get it right.  Accounts of four generations of Herods are mentioned in the New Testament.  All of them so close to knowing the truth, yet all of them falling short because of their own human failings.  Herod of Agrippa the first, took credit that he didn’t deserve.  He did not correct the crowd when they called him a god, and because of it he suffered an awful death. He was literally eaten from the inside out by worms.  His death in AD 44 was not only recorded in Acts but also by the historian Josephus.  What a terrible way to go – what a terrible way to be remembered.

Don’t be a Herod!  Know the truth of the galaxies.  God is Lord, worthy of all our praise.  Because of our human failings we all fall short of the glory of God.  God knew this and sent us a redeemer. It is only through Jesus Christ that we are saved – not through any actions of our own.  Give the glory to God and live victoriously.

Father God, walk with us today and help us to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, our redeemer.  Guide us to the paths that you want us to follow, and may we reflect your love to all that we touch today.   It is in the Holy Name of Jesus Christ that we pray.  Amen