That was the last straw. God had had enough of Herod’s arrogance and sent an angel to strike him down. Herod had given God no credit for anything. Down he went. Rotten to the core, a maggoty old man if there ever was one, he died. Meanwhile, the ministry of God’s Word grew by leaps and bounds.” (Acts 12:23–24, The Message)

I love this passage in The Message.  It’s a paraphrase so we won’t take it too literally, but it does add a lot of color to the passage.  It’s interesting how Luke juxtaposes Herod Agrippa’s death–grandson of Herod the Great–with the growth of the word of God.  Herod Agrippa was opposed to God and opposed to Christianity and yet when he dies, the very thing that he was against continues to grow “by leaps and bounds.”  Herod Agrippa was no match for the Word of God.

The Orthodox Study Bible comments here: “The enemies of God cannot stop the spread of the word of God.”

Indeed they cannot.

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