Acts 12:18-24, “18In the morning, there was no small commotion among the soldiers as to what had become of Peter. 19After Herod had a thorough search made for him and did not find him, he cross-examined the guards and ordered that they be executed.
Then Herod went from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there a while. 20He had been quarreling with the people of Tyre and Sidon; they now joined together and sought an audience with him. Having secured 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.
21On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. 22They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” 23Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.
24But the word of God continued to increase and spread.”
Herod and his family were among the many bad guys of the New Testament. As the ruling family in Jesus’ neighborhood, they played no small part in his trial. They managed to kill John the Baptist. The day before, Peter had miraculously escaped imprisonment.
Still, there were matters of state to attend to. While negociating a peace agreement between him, Tyre, and Sidon, Herod gave a rousing speech. The sort of speech that stirred up everybody. If only there was a person today who gave such rousing speeches to compare him to… At any rate, the people were so impressed they shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.”
Had the ever humble Herod corrected the people, he might have lived longer to rule even more unjustly. However, he let it go to his head. He didn’t praise God. God smote him, to use an Old Testament term.
I wanted to point out the death of Good Old Herod to say this, because he let people think he could speak like a god, God destroyed him. I know some religions out there say “Follow our teachings and you’ll become a god!” Really, is there much difference? Is it possible that in a little while its followers will be destroyed? I know that some people have declared themselves as incarnations of Jesus Christ. They too, will not escape their fate. Finally, there will be one man who will declare himself over anything and everything that is called God (and even any other gods people worship). He will appear to have the power to back up his claims and he will kill all those who refuse to follow him. His destruction is as certain as his rule is short.
Considering, the best thing to do is to give credit where it’s due.