19 After Herod had a thorough search made for him and did not find him, he cross-examined the guards and ordered that they be executed. Then Herod went from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there. 20 He had been quarreling with the people of Tyre and Sidon; they now joined together and sought an audience with him. After securing 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 spread and flourish. 25 When Barnabas and Saul had finished their mission, they returned from Jerusalem, taking with them John, also called Mark.
This story reminds me of another king (Nebuchadnezzar) which is told in Daniel 4 (30-31). To be appointed a ruler of people is a unique role no matter how we come to it. In fact, none of these positions are achieved as a matter of one’s own strength, cunning or luck; these are rare opportunities and are considered to be divine appointments (Romans 13:1). The Sovereign Authority may not require an intimate and personal faith from his sovereigns but He does require the acknowledgement, especially from them, that all authority is from God (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- How often do you remember to acknowledge God in the things you accomplish?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. Be still and allow the presence of Jesus to bring you rest right now.