徒 Acts 12:20-25
20 He had been quarrelling 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.21 On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. 22 They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.”23 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.24 But the word of God continued to spread and flourish. 25 When Barnabas and Saul had finished their mission, they returned from Jerusalem, taking with them John, also called Mark.
Pride often comes from wealth; so it is not surprising if these two cities were proud.
God chose a punishment of great ignominy for repressing this proud man’s cruelty. If he had been beaten by some great army and been reduced to poverty, God’s judgement would not have been so marked; it would have been a dignified and royal punishment. But by the worms and putrefaction that devoured him and broke out of his body, he was treated as he deserved.
Although the Word of God often seems to be suppressed by human tyranny, it soon rises again. Luke’s purpose is not only to report what happened after Herod died, but also to convince us by this example that in every age God will do the same, so that the Gospel may break through every obstacle. The more the church is weakened, the more it will increase, through the heavenly blessing.