October 20, 2017: SOAP #2878: Job 6-8; Acts 12 Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 12:4 After arresting him [Peter], he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover. Observation:   If one reads further into the chapter, [...]

October 20, 2017: SOAP #2878: Job 6-8; Acts 12

Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 12:4 After arresting him [Peter], he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.

Observation:   If one reads further into the chapter, they see that Herod's intention never happened!     Instead of being escorted out of jail to a public trial by a squad of Roman soldiers, Peter was escorted out of the jail by an 'angel of the LORD!'   The chains fell off and the first-century prison doors became twenty-first century super-market doors that open as one approaches.   Instead of being escorted to a public trial as Herod intended, Peter made his way to an all-night prayer meeting.

Application:   I need to remember that man never has the absolute final say.   When I place myself under God's authority by obeying His directions I can trust Him to take care of the results.   Obedience is my responsibility; results are His.

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, I trust you to take care of the results.   You alone have the final word.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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