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When morning came, there was no small commotion among the soldiers over what had become of
Peter. When Herod had searched for him and could not find him, he examined the guards and ordered them to be put to death. Then he went down from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there.
Now Herod was angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon. So they came to him in a body; and after winning over Blastus, the king’s chamberlain, they asked for a reconciliation, because their country depended on the king’s country for food. On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat on the platform, and delivered a public address to them. The people kept shouting, “The voice of a god, and not of a mortal!” And immediately, because he had not given the glory to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.
But the word of God continued to advance and gain adherents. Then after completing their mission Barnabas and Saul returned to Jerusalem and brought with them John, whose other name was Mark.
Want to dig deeper? Additional Scripture Suggestions:
1 Kings 20:38-43
Ezekiel 27:1-3, 16-17
2 Samuel 24:16
2 Kings 19:35
1. What connections do you see to the overarching theme of taking the Gospel message to the ends of the earth?
2. What connections did you see within the additional scripture references? How did this enhance your understanding of today’s passage?
3. What similarities did you hear between the First Century church and the American church today?
4. We are half way through the Book of Acts. As you look back what words, phrases or events strike you as you
consider the story of the early church? How do these words and phrases apply to our church today?