Daily Bible Podcast Day 036 – Exodus 39-40, Psalm 15, Acts 12

December 6, 2012 in Podcasts by Nathan


“Then Herod went from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there. He had been quarreling with the people of Tyre and Sidon; they now joined together and sought an audience with him. After securing the support of Blastus, a trusted personal servant of the king, they asked for peace, because they depended on the king’s country for their food supply. On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. They shouted, ‘This is the voice of a god, not of a man.’ Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.” ~Acts 12:19-23

The people seeking an audience with Herod depended on his favor for their livelihood. It isn’t clear if they are earnestly praising him, or if they are just humoring his ego so that he’ll give them what they want. I think that his getting dressed up for the occasion indicates that Herod is looking for flattery. At any rate, when he fails to correct them, he is struck dead.

I doubt that if I were given undue credit for something I have done that I’d be struck dead. Still, this is a reminder to give God the glory and to remain humble about my own accomplishments. Also, I should never put on a show for the purpose of flattery, as Herod seems to have done here.

God, I don’t want to work for flattery. I want to work for Your glory and I want to give it to You when I do good things. I know that I can do nothing good without You. May I never forget that.

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