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JSS3: CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS STUDIES - 1ST TERM

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Peter’s Divine Release and the Death of Herod (Acts 12: 1-24)

  • King Herod Agrippa I, who killed James, the brother of John, saw that the Jews were pleased by his action.

  • He wanted to please the Jews even more, so he ordered for the arrest of Peter. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread.

  • He put him in prison, with the intention to kill Peter after the Passover.

  • While in prison, Peter was guarded by four squads of soldiers who took turn to guard him.

  • Meanwhile, Christians offered earnest and consistent prayers to God, for his intervention. The church was earnestly praying to God for him to be saved. 

  • A night to Peter’s execution, an angel of the Lord appeared to him, woke him up, told him to dress up, put on his sandals, wrap his mantle around him and follow him.

  • The angel of the Lord led Peter through all the guards, and the iron gate opened on its own accord.

  • When they came into the street, the angel vanished.

  • Peter then confessed;

“Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hands of Herod, and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen”.

  • Peter then went to the house of Mary, the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying.

  • Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door.
  • She was very happy when she heard Peter’s voice, but other people at the house thought she had lost her mind.
  • Peter kept knocking and eventually they opened the door, and all were astonished.

Death of Herod:

  • While trying to settle the misunderstanding, between Herod and the people of Tyre and Sidon, because Herod stopped the supply of grain to them.

  • The people of Tyre and Sidon met Beastus, one of Herod’s counselors.

  • They wanted the supply of grains to continue.

  • God inspired Herod to give a wonderful address.

  • The people got impressed and they shouted” “The voice of God and not man.”

  • Herod did not give God glory.

  • Immediately angel of the Lord struck him, his body got rotten and he died.

Moral Lessons:

1. You must learn to reject giving/accepting a bribe
– To avoid punishment
– Being sent to prison
– Losing eternal life

2. You must learn to pray to God for His healing grace, also, give Him glory and praise when you are healed.

3. Like Cornelius and Tabitha, learn to be kind and generous to the less fortunate in your community.

4. Like Cornelius, learn to pray and also participate during family prayer.

5. Like Peter, learn to accept everyone. Christianity has no place for tribalism, caste system, and racism.

6. You must learn to give God glory in every success you attain.

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