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“After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.” Acts 12:4 NIV
When God’s people are carrying out God’s plan, nothing can stop God’s favor. Not even 16 guards. Not chains. Not sleeping between two guards in chains. Not an iron gate. Not the wrath of Herod.
Everything that Peter did in this passage was in complete surrender to God’s plan. His fellow disciple, James, had been arrested and slain. He now had been arrested and placed under heavy guard while Herold waited for his opportune moment to make a public spectacle of him. But Peter was at peace.
Peace. In verse 6 it says the night before Peter was going to trial an angel came to him while he was sleeping. Sleeping. Peter wasn’t laying awake worrying. He wasn’t wailing for someone to come to his rescue. He was sleeping. Even while the angel was delivering him from every lock, chain, barrier, or wall, Peter thought it might not be real. He thought he was seeing a vision. It wasn’t until he found himself alone in the middle of a dark street that he realized it was very real.
Peter was a passionate, take the sword and cut an ear off kind of guy. In this passage, he is described as resting peacefully. He is not rallying a battle cry or defending someone’s honor. He is at rest.
Father, Jehovah Elohim! Jehovah Elyon! There is no one like You! Just when I think I’m able to grasp a glimpse of your majesty, You stretch me a little more; You show me more. Thank you. I’m so thankful that my reality is governed by another realm that sometimes seems unreal!