It's Not Over Until It's Over
September 11, 2005
INTRODUCTION: The main character of Acts 12 is the Apostle Peter. He is followed by James, the brother of John (the 2 Zebedee brothers), and Herod the king. The scene from this chapter seems to be recounted later in Peter's life as he pens 1 Peter. This passage is a quote from Ps. 34:15-16 that finds itself in the context of truth that serves as so relevant to this chapter.
1 Peter 3:8-17, "Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. For 'He who would love life and see good days,
let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good;
let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.' And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed. 'And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.' But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil."
Could it be that Peter had Acts 12 in mind as he penned these inspiring words? Also, He undoubtedly was a student of his Bible, the O.T.
Psalms 34, "I will bless the LORD at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; The humble shall hear of i ...
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