I am reading in Acts and this is how my thoughts were going.
Acts 11: The disciples are first called Christians at Antioch... they then send aid to their friends facing a famine.
Acts 12: Herod has James executed and Peter thrown in prison with 16 guards to watch over him.
He was next to be executed. (They were thrown in prison for preaching about Jesus).
continue Acts 12: Peter gets set free from jail by an angel and led to safety outside the city. Herod gets pissed, searches for him, can't find him, but has to continue business as usual.
Acts 13: Herod goes to settle a dispute and the crowds call him "god". He doesn't stop them, God (the one I believe in) strikes him dead, he gets eaten by worms.
This is where I need to pause...
My first thought, "what if a child were reading this?"
My second thought, "he deserved it."
Third, "did the writers have to put this part in here?"
Forth, "is this consistent with God's character?" (the character that I believe to be true)
I am settling on this take away for now... God, why is it so important for us to know and acknowledge you?