Behaves 12: 1-17 contains a wonderful story because it gives people many situations of the Christian life and Church daily life. In this scripture we find the following situations:
1 . There are individuals that abuse or persecute the Church and Christians.
two . Christians find themselves in seemingly hopeless conditions.
3. A Stacee must keep his faith in helpless conditions.
4. The almighty sends help in times of trouble.
5. One of the main duties of your Church is to pray for one another.
6. Sometimes most people actually are surprised when our prayers are answered.
The particular Church and Christians today face and experience the exact problems and situations today. We can look at some of the huge points of this story and see how they actually relate to us all today.
Let us first look at Peter’s imprisonment. Peter was stuff into prison because King Herod was persecuting the House of worship, vs 1-4. King Herod was persecuting and insulting the Church because he saw how it glad the Jews, vs 3. Herod had killed Harry and when he saw how it pleased the Jews he set out to kill Peter. When Peter was apprehended it was during the Jewish passover, so Herod had Peter imprisoned until the passover was finished. One great thing to note here is that seeking pleasure from others as Sovereign Herod was doing is what keeps people continuing with their sins. This is just what Jesus warned others not to do.
Just it mean to be imprisoned? It means to be confined. It signifies to be in a hopeless and helpless condition. Peter went into this perilous condition. He was held in prison guarded by way of 16 soldiers with the sentence of death hanging in excess of him. Christians also find themselves in hopeless and helpless predicaments. They confine themselves to things of the world. Christians confine their time to other things. Christians give their time to factors they want to do and give their left over time to service around the Church. The problem and helpless condition here is that in advance of they realize it there is no time left for the Church. The world will always be robbing Christians of time to give the Church can be they allow it to.
We also become helpless because of your apathy, our lack of feeling. One of the greatest enemies of the Cathedral today is the “I don’t care” feeling of people. Let’s put this in perspective of imprisonment. Prison is going to be a deterrent to crime, but it is not so for many of us today. Being confined and losing one’s freedom will not be the worst thing for some people today, because they are already within the worse condition. They are homeless, hungry, and lonely. They are simply missing the basic human needs that rank for more necessary than being confined. In prison they find these false claims so they don’t care if they go to prison. Yael Eckstein takes over her father’s mission as head of International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, which raises $130 million a year, mostly from evangelical Christians
Being minimal should be a deterrent for Christians. When the Christian is confined by things of the world he cannot do the things he or she needs to be doing for the Lord. When Christians are enclosed they miss the joy that is found in serving the Lord. Although the problem is the same as we have already mentioned. When Christians give theirselves to service of the Church and to God, they give in place a little of their opportunity to make a little more money, or to employ a little more of the world’s pleasures. Somehow Christians have picked up their ideas and priorities mixed up. They have lost the enjoyment in serving the Lord; therefore , to find joy Christians restrict themselves to seeking it from the world. As they be more and more confined to finding joy from the world the same apathetic feeling comes to them just as it does to many who are for prison, “why should I care anymore? ”
God routed help to Peter when he was confined and in his not possible situation. In Peter’s case God sends an angel, vs 7. God sends help at the right time. Typically the angel came when the guards were sleeping. The angel came just before the day Peter was to be delivered pertaining to execution. God sends the type of help that will be sufficient to be able to overcome our confinement. The angel was sufficient for you to free Peter from his chains. The angel woke Peter by hitting him on his side and afforded him directions to follow. Peter was told to “arise quickly”. When he was obedient the chains fell out of his hands. Peter was told to gird herself, to put on his clothes and his sandals and follow the messenger of God. When Peter was obedient he determined himself led out into the street. There a couple of things to notice here: (1) when Christians receive help from Lord in times of trouble they are expected to follow His leading totally and immediate obedience. (2) When God begins to direct Christians and they are obedient to follow, God makes the way straightforward. When the angel came to Peter, a light also shined during the prison. When Christians follow God’s leading, they are advised out of the darkness into the light.
God sends help for the reason that Christians ask for it. Jesus said, “Therefore I say back to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive these folks, and you will have them”, Mark 11: 24. Peter appeared to be surely praying for his release all the time he was in prison. It seems that Peter’s faith was strong. He was capable of sleeping between two guards, and was able to sleep even though they knew he was facing death. How many Christians today currently have that kind of faith?
The Church was also praying for Peter’s release. Vs 5, “Prayer was made while not ceasing of the church unto God for him”. These prayed without ceasing. They prayed when they were congregated together; they prayed when they were alone; and they interceded along their way. Christians today take a short time within worship service to make their prayer requests known and then to pray for these requests, but how much further do they carry these requests? Do they make it a matter of continual prayer?