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Ruthe's Secret Roses - by Ruth Marlene Friesen
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The Quick Executioner Angel

Many people wanted King Herod dead, and his succeeding sons too, who were called Herod when they took the throne. Their reigns were messy with ugly politics and murders.

In the Bible we read of the murder of the baby boys in Bethlehem after Jesus was born, although God led Joseph and Mary and baby Jesus to Egypt in a well-timed escape. There was the murder of John the Baptist, and many other gruesome events in other history books. The day came when God used an angel to destroy King Herod Agrippa I.

The cities of Sidon and Tyre had sued for peace with Herod because they needed a food supply. On the signing day Herod dressed in a dazzling royal robe made of reflective material, and when the people saw how he shone they shouted, "This is the voice of a god, not a man!"

Acts 12:23 says that because he did not immediately give God the praise and defer to Him, the Angel of the Lord struck him down and he was eaten by worms and died. Notice the order; he was eaten first by the worms, and then he died. Generally worms and flies feed on a decomposed body, making this a very fast death.

The next verse says, "But the word of God continued to increase and spread."

The implied application for us would seem to be, if someone allows himself to be worshiped as God, the One True God will dispose of him very quickly. Our own focus is to see that the word of God continues to increase and spread.

Sometimes we do waste a lot of time fretting over those who do evil or hinder us in our God-assigned agenda. Really, God has close tabs on them, and can take them out of the picture in an amazing hurry, when they cross His boundaries, with His super quick executioner angel. So we can leave 'destroying the enemy' up to Him, and give our attention solely to the work given us to do, promoting the glory of our God.

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