(12) ACTS CHAPTER 12

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ACTS CHAPTER 12

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Act 12:1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. Act 12:2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. Act 12:3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)

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I. Herod stretches forth his hand to ‘vex’ certain in the church (Q. 1) A. Herod killed James the brother of John with the sword (Q. 2) 1. He did this because he saw it pleased the Jews

1. According to vs. 1, did Herod vex every believer in Christ?:

1. According to vs. 1, did Herod vex every believer in Christ? Y or N

2. Why did Herod kill James the brother of John?:

2. Why did Herod kill James the brother of John? a. James owed him money b. James committed a crime c. James asked to be killed d. He saw it pleased the Jews

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Act 12:4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. Act 12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. Act 12:6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. Act 12:7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him , and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. Act 12:8 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. Act 12:9 And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. Act 12:10 When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. Act 12:11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.

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B. Herod also took Peter in the days of unleavened bread (Q. 3) 1. After apprehending Peter, Herod put him in prison a. Delivered Peter to four quarternions of soldiers to keep him locked up (Q. 4) (1) Intending to keep Peter until Easter to bring him forth to the people 2. Peter then remained in prison a. Though prayer was made, by the church without ceasing, unto God for Peter (Q. 5, 6, 7) 3. The time came forth when Herod would bring Peter forth (Q. 8) a. Sleeping that night between two soldiers b. Bound with two chains c. The keepers stood before the doors to keep the prison 4. The angel of the Lord came upon Peter (Q. 9) a. A light shined in the prison b. The angel smote Peter on the side c. The angel of the Lord raised Peter up saying unto him: (1) ‘Arise up quickly’ d. The chains then fell off Peters’ hands then the angel again spoke to Peter: (1) ‘Gird yourself and bind on your sandals’ (a) Peter did this (2) ‘Cast your garment about you and follow me’ e. Peter went out and followed the angel (1) Peter did not realize that it was true which was being done by the angel but rather thought he saw a vision f. When Peter and the angel had passed the first and second ward: (1) They came unto the Iron Gate that leads into the city (a) The gate opened of its own accord (2) Peter and the angel went out through the Iron Gate and passed on through the street g. The angel departed from Peter h. Peter came to himself and said: (Q. 10, 11) (1) ‘Now I know of a surety that the Lord has sent His angel’ (2) ‘The Lord has delivered me out of the hand of Herod’ (3) ‘The Lord has delivered me from all the expectation of the people of the Jews’

3. At what time did Herod apprehend Peter?:

3. At what time did Herod apprehend Peter? a. At noon time b. During the Roman solstice c. At the time of unleavened bread d. At tax time

4. How many soldiers did Herod use to keep Peter in jail? :

4. How many soldiers did Herod use to keep Peter in jail? a. None b. A century c. Four quarternions d. Both b and c

5. How did the church respond to the persecution of Herod and Herod’s apprehension of Peter?:

5. How did the church respond to the persecution of Herod and Herod’s apprehension of Peter? a. They conceded it must be the will of God since Gods people must be persecuted and killed without cause all the time b. They prayed without ceasing c. They stock piled food and weapons for the coming evil d. They fled and hid in caves

HARD QUESTION 6. Give a good scripture in the New Testament of how believers in Christ are to behave on a non stop basis concerning prayer.:

HARD QUESTION 6. Give a good scripture in the New Testament of how believers in Christ are to behave on a non stop basis concerning prayer. Act 12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. Eph 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 1Th 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

HARD QUESTION 7. Discuss what was the primary type of prayer offered up by the early church when they faced danger or persecution.:

HARD QUESTION 7. Discuss what was the primary type of prayer offered up by the early church when they faced danger or persecution. HINT: Holy Ghost prayer

8. What three things were in place to keep Peter in prison?:

8. What three things were in place to keep Peter in prison? a. Slept that night between two soldiers b. Bound with two chains c. Keepers stood before the doors to keep the prison

9. What seven things occurred in Peter’s deliverance from Jail?:

9. What seven things occurred in Peter’s deliverance from Jail? a. A light shined in the prison b. The angel smote Peter on the side c. The angel of the Lord raised Peter up saying unto him d. The chains then fell off Peters’ hands then the angel again spoke to Peter g. The angel departed from Peter f. When Peter and the angel had passed the first and second ward e. Peter went out and followed the angel

10. What three things did Peter exclaim after his deliverance from Prison by the hand of the Lord?:

10. What three things did Peter exclaim after his deliverance from Prison by the hand of the Lord? a. Now I know of a surety that the Lord has sent His angel b. The Lord has delivered me out of the hand of Herod c. The Lord has delivered me from all the expectation of the people of the Jews

11. When Peter said: ‘The Lord has delivered me from all the expectation of the people of the Jews’, what was the expectation of the people of the Jews?:

11. When Peter said: ‘The Lord has delivered me from all the expectation of the people of the Jews’, what was the expectation of the people of the Jews? a. To repent of their sins and confess Jesus as messiah b. To kill believers in Christ Jesus c. To serve the living God in Spirit and truth d. To have faith towards God through their messiah and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost

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Act 12:12 And when he had considered the thing , he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying. Act 12:13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda. Act 12:14 And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate. Act 12:15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel. Act 12:16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door , and saw him, they were astonished. Act 12:17 But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place.

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5. When Peter had considered all of this, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John who’s surname was Mark (Q. 12) a. Many were gathered together there praying b. Peter then knocked on the door of the gate (1) A damsel named Rhoda came to the gate when she heard Peters’ voice (a) She opened not the gate for gladness (b) But ran in and told how Peter stood before the gate c. Those inside told the damsel she was mad for saying Peter is at the gate (1) The damsel constantly affirmed this was so d. The people inside then said thus unto the damsel: (1) ‘It is Peter’s angel’ e. Peter continued knocking f. They inside finally opened the door g. When they inside saw Peter they were astonished (1) Peter beckoned with his hand that they should hold their peace 6. Peter declared unto those inside how the Lord had brought him out of the prison a. Peter then said unto those inside: (1) ‘Go show these things unto James and unto the brethren’ 7. Peter then departed and went into another place

12. What were the believers doing when Peter arrived at the house of Mary the mother of John?:

12. What were the believers doing when Peter arrived at the house of Mary the mother of John? a. Playing board games b. Sat around saying that prayer is nothing but ‘pie in the sky thinking’ c. Sharpening swords and drying food for the coming evil d. Praying without ceasing

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Act 12:18 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter. Act 12:19 And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and there abode.

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C. As soon as it was day there was no small stir among the soldiers what had become of Peter (Q. 13) 1. Herod then sought for Peter and found him not a. Herod examined the keepers b. Commanded that the keepers should be put to death c. Then Herod went down from Judea to Caesarea and abode there

13. How did the soldiers react to not finding Peter with them in the morning?:

13. How did the soldiers react to not finding Peter with them in the morning? a. With no small stir b. Rejoiced and said how powerful God truly is c. Said that was perfectly normal since those things happen all the time d. Went back to sleep

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Act 12:20 And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because their country was nourished by the king's country . Act 12:21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. Act 12:22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. Act 12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.

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II. Herod’s final dealings and final days A. Herod was highly displeased with those of Tyre and Sidon 1. Those of Tyre and Sidon came to Herod with one accord a. They had made Blastus the kings Chamberlain their friend b. They desired peace with Herod (1) This was because their country was nourished by Herod’s country B. And on a certain day Herod was arrayed in royal apparel and sat upon his throne (Q. 14) 1. Herod made an oration unto those of Tyre and Sidon a. The people present gave a shout to Herod’s speech saying: (1) ‘The voice of a God and not a man’ (a) Immediately the angel of the Lord smote Herod <1> Because Herod gave not glory to God (b) Herod was eaten of worms and gave up the ghost

14. What event precipitated the angel of God smiting down Herod with worms?:

14. What event precipitated the angel of God smiting down Herod with worms? a. Prayer of the saints of God b. The people saying Herod voice was that of a God and not a man concerning Herod’s speech c. God never vindicates on the behalf of his saints so God’s angel did not smite down Herod d. Both a and b

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Act 12:24 But the word of God grew and multiplied. Act 12:25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose surname was Mark.

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III. The Word of God grew and multiplied (Q. 15) A. Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem 1. They did this when they had finished their ministry 2. They took with them John who’s surname was Mark

15. Logically from vs. 24, what effect did Peter’s deliverance from jail and Herod being smote of the angel of God have on the Word of God?:

15. Logically from vs. 24, what effect did Peter’s deliverance from jail and Herod being smote of the angel of God have on the Word of God? a. God’s Word needs nothing to effect it, it is enough by itself b. The Word of God grew and multiplied c. The Word of God decreased since miracles are always of the devil d. The Word of God changed since miracles give authority to those who receive them to spew whatever doctrine they wish

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