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Worm Food

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Context: Where does this fit in the Big Picture of God's Glory?

New Testament
Apostolic Era
After the last of the Peter narratives

Overview: What's going on here?

Acts 12:20–25 CSB
20 Herod had been very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon. Together they presented themselves before him. After winning over Blastus, who was in charge of the king’s bedroom, they asked for peace, because their country was supplied with food from the king’s country. 21 On an appointed day, dressed in royal robes and seated on the throne, Herod delivered a speech to them. 22 The assembled people began to shout, “It’s the voice of a god and not of a man!” 23 At once an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give the glory to God, and he was eaten by worms and died. 24 But the word of God spread and multiplied. 25 After they had completed their relief mission, Barnabas and Saul returned to Jerusalem, taking along John who was called Mark.

Reflection: Why does this matter?

External Validation: Mentioned by Josephus in Antiquities 19.8.2 (IT TOOK FIVE DAYS!)
God will judge wicked rulers
Word of God STANDS WELL ON ITS OWN!

Expectations: What do we do about it?

Salvation: stop trusting government
Believers: stop trusting government
Church: stop trying to get in good with government
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