God’s good work will offend many who want to be gods themselves- like Herod who thought that getting rid of James and other believers would meet his ends. James’ killing seemed to, because it pleased some of the Jews.
So, he tried to boost his popularity by capturing Peter for later kill. Well an angel delivered Peter from prison. But Herod could not have that, so he killed the guards.
Herod, you can kill all you want, like how Pharaoh had all the Hebrew boys killed, and still Moses grew up in his own house!
Peter, realising that God had rescued him and thwarted Herod’s scheme at self-promotion, went to a house where believers met and asked them to pass the word on to James and the other believers (word that he was still alive through God’s deliverance).
Even those in the house thought that Rhoda was out of her mind!
How often do we question bearers of God’s truth and not believe them because their story simply doesn’t fit into our expectations?
Being in Christ means being wise, of course, not falling for every Tom, Dick, Harry and Nancy story; but it also requires us to be broad-minded enough, leaving room to expect the unexpected, since God is not as predict able as we would want God to be.
Oh how God continues to be full of surprises! Living in Christ is an adventurous journey that takes us through the unexpected.
In fact, even those outside of Christ get the moist unpleasant unexpected. Just when Herod thought he had it made, as his admirers hailed him as a god, he dropped dead- unexpected, untimely end.
It is far better to be in Chris, greeted by unexpected turns in this adventure than to settle for the expected hellish end of those who seek to fight against God.
I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold,
I’d rather be his than have riches untold;
I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands,
I’d rather be led by his nail- pierced hand.
Than to be the [queen] f a vast domain
Or be held in sin’s great sway:
I’d rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.
I’d rather have Jesus than people’s applause
I’d rather be faithful to his dear cause;
I’d rather have Jesus than world-wide fame,
I’d rather be true to his holy name.
Rhea F, Miller ( 1894-1966