Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Acts 12:18-25

Today's reading tells the story of Herod's death in 44 A.D. Of course the message in the story is not that Herod died, or even how he died, but why he died.

Herod was pompous and filled with pride. After making a speech to people from Tyre and Sidon these people called him a god. The people of Tyre and Sidon depended on Herod for food, so these people, to gain favor with Herod, played on his ego and told him he was a god. Herod loved every minute of it.

God immediately struck Herod down. The reason for this judgment was because Herod accepted the people's worship instead of giving the glory to God. God knew what was going on in Herod's heart and refuses to share his glory with any earthly being.

Pride is a serious sin but so are many others. God chose to punish Herod's pride immediately. God does not punish all sin immediately (luckily for me), but he will bring everyone to judgment. The message of today's reading is those who set themselves against God are doomed to ultimate demise.

Today's reading also has an unsaid message and this message is very humbling to me. We are all sinful beings. We cannot uphold the law perfectly. God has promised to hold all of us accountable for our actions. However, God through his love has given us an avenue through which our sins will be forgiven and we will not be judged. This avenue is, of course, Jesus Christ - who took our judgment for us. The next time you take communion, attend a church service, or just are in quiet prayer, please remember what Christ did for us and thank God for it.

Wishing you the best in your walk with Christ,
Richard Leach

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