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Persecution Prospered

October 16, 2021

Persecution Prospered

Acts 12:1-2 (KJV) Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

Suppose you think that the times in which we live today are filled with politically motivated persecution and evil and are substantially different than ancient politics. In that case, you should read about extreme events that took place in the early church.  You will soon understand that souls were just a corrupt in ancient times as they are today as the early church members faced vexation at the hands of their government leaders.

Here in these verses, Herod the King vexes certain members of the first-century church.  King Herod was also known as Herod Agrippa, a weak “wannabe” king who sought the praise of Rome rather than seeking to please the Jewish people, and foremost, he fails to delight God.

In the time of his reign, persecution prospers as the king leverages the people of God against the Roman government, all for his advantage in gaining political points.  Certainly, Herod had no favor with God, the Jewish people, and he found great fun in troubling God’s first-century church.

Just like today, in times of greater persecution and political theater, God’s presence and work shine brightly, contradicting the dark nature of this world.  Yes, the more King Herod troubles the church, kills God’s people, including the brother of John, who is James, the more abundantly God’s light attracts lost souls to Himself.

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