Acts 12 Outline
– King Herod put James, the brother of John, to death (Acts 12:1-2)
– King Herod put Peter in prison (Acts 12:3-4)
– The church prayed for Peter when he was in prison (Acts 12:5)
– An angel led Peter out of the prison into the first length of street and then disappeared (Acts 12:6-10)
– Peter went to the house of the mother of John (Acts 12:11-17)
– Herod ordered a thorough search and still couldn’t find Peter (Acts 12:18-19)
– The people of Tyre and Sidon complained to Herod about food supply (Acts 12:20)
– Herod informed the people that he is god and not man (Acts 12:21-22)
– The angel struck Herod dead for not giving glory to God (Acts 12:23)
– The gospel continued to spread and more people came to the faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 12:24)
– Saul and Barnabas returned from Jerusalem along with John, also known as Mark (Acts 12:25)
Acts 12 Summary
At this time, King Herod arrested a number of Christians. King Herod had put James, the brother of John to death with the sword. To please the Jews, he captured Peter and put him in prison. Peter was guard by 4 squads of soldiers. Each squad has 4 soldiers. When Peter was in prison, the church prayed for him.
At night, Peter, bound in chains, was sleeping in between 2 soldiers. Suddenly, the angel appeared and struck the side of Peter. Then, he woke Peter up and the chains fell off his wrists. The angel instructed Peter to wear his clothes and sandals and wrap the cloak around him and follow him. The angel led Peter out of the prison, passed the first guards, passed the second guards and came to the iron gate. The iron gate opened itself and they passed through it. The angel accompanied Peter passed one length of street and then he left him.
Then, Peter came to his senses and he knew that God had sent his angel to deliver him from the prison. Peter went to the house of Mary, the mother of John. John was also known as Mark. The people were gathered at the house, praying for Peter. Peter knocked at the door and a servant girl Rhoda went to open the door. She heard Peter’s voice before opening the door and she was so excited that she went to tell the people about it. But the people rebuked her, saying she is mad. When she kept on insisting, they said it is his angel.
The next morning, the soldiers discovered Peter was not in the prison and Herod ordered a thorough search to be made. He cross examined the guards and ordered that they be put to death. After that, Herod traveled to Caesarea from Judea and stayed there for a while. The people of Tyre and Sidon had obtained the support of a trusted personal servant called Blastus to riot against Herod concerning the food supply because they depended on the king’s country for their food.
Herod sat on the throne and addressed the people by saying they are hearing the voice of god and not man. At this, the angel struck Herod down and he died because he did not give glory to God. Herod’s body was eaten by worm. More and more people came to believe in Jesus Christ. After Barnabas and Saul completed the first missioned, they returned from Jerusalem, having taking with them, John, also known as Mark.
Acts 12 Bible Study
1. Suffer for the gospel
Peter gave up his life for the sake of the gospel. Everyone has the responsibility to preach the gospel. In 1 Corinthians 9:16, Paul said he cannot boast when he preach but he is compelled to preach. He said woe to him if he don’t preach the gospel. In Mark 16:15, Jesus commanded his disciples to go into all the world to preach the good news to all creation. In Matthew10:22, Jesus said to his disciples that all men will hate them because of him but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. In James 1:12, blessed is the man who perseveres under trial because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life.
2. Always pray for one another
When Peter was in prison, the church prayed for him. Prayer changes things. When praying, you must really want God to do it for you and you must believe that God will reward what you pray for in prayer. If you pray according to the will of God, God will listen to your prayer (1 John 5:14). We should be persistent in praying to God until you have receive what you pray for. In Matthew 21:22, you will receive whatever you ask in prayer if you have faith. In John 14:13-14, whatever you ask in the name of Jesus, God will do it for you. In Ephesians 6:18, we should pray all times in the Spirit, with prayer and supplication for all saints. In Philippians 4:6-7, we should not be anxious about anything but in everything let our requests be made known to God through prayer, supplication, and thanksgiving.
3. Give glory to God in all that you do
In Acts 12:20-23, Herod addressed the people that he is God and not man. Immediately, the angel struck him dead and his body was left to the worms to eat because he did not give glory to God. As Christians, we now live our lives for God, not for ourselves. Whatever we do, we must give glory to God instead of for satisfying our own selfish interest. In 1 Corinthians 10:31, whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, you must do it all for the glory of God. In Colossians 3:17, whatever you do, in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. In 1 Peter 4:11, if anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking God’s words. If anyone serve, he should do it with God’s strength. In this way, God will be praised through Jesus Christ.