Touched by Heaven-2
Acts 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.”
Acts 12:5 “So Peter was kept in prison, but fervent prayer for him was persistently made to God by the church (assembly).”
The prayers of the saint provoked a response from heaven, and in this case, an angel was sent to touch Peter. Glory be to God! The angel touched him and he was rescued. The angelic touch was the touch of heaven.
However, in this same chapter of the book of Acts, there is another touch of heaven!
Herod, the man behind the killing of Apostle James and the imprisonment of Peter also received a touch from heaven.
Acts 12:1 “Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth [his] hands to vex certain of the church.”
Acts 12:2 “And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.”
Acts 12:3 “And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)”
Herod the king received the touch of heaven the same way Peter received it, but the results were different!
Acts 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.”
Both Acts 12:7 and 12:23 recorded that the angel “smote” Peter and Herod respectively, but the results were quite different.
One touch led to life and the other led to death! Same touch! Different results! The interesting thing, however, was that both Peter and Herod had people, so to say “followers and brethren”.
The difference was what the two crowds said to heaven. The first crowd humbled themselves before God, asking Him to intervene and rescue their brother.
To be continued…
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