Acts 12:20-24 “But the word of God grew and multiplied.

Amidst this work of God, the politics of the day continued on. It was never good for the king to be angry, and the people of Tyre and Sidon played defence. Since they knew that the king was angry with them they decided to make nice with his personal aide-Blastus. The people were worried because they depended on the king for their food, and in his anger he may just decide to let them starve to death. Every generation and every nation has this politics. There will always be those who threaten peace and those who seek peace, whatever the motivation might be. For those living at this time, they must have asked themselves what was more important, discussions of religious matters or whether or not they would have enough food. God told the people in the desert that He would feed them if they obeyed His voice. These people were like those whose bodies fell in the desert-they put food and politics above the word and faith. Like the golden calf, the people worshipped the creature, in this case Herod, and for accepting this Herod was struck down dead, the one they said spoke the words of a god, became the food of worms (v. 23). “But the word of God grew and multiplied” (v. 24). Politicians who accept the judgment of people that their speech is that of a god and they should be worshipped as such, will be eaten by worms while the word of God will always prosper and accomplish His sovereign purposes.

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