Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists. Acts 12:7
When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!” “But Peter kept on knocking…” Acts 12:14, 16a
In the morning, there was no small commotion among the soldiers as to what had become of Peter. Acts 12:18
I love the story of Peter’s escape from prison. For several reasons, first because of the miraculousness of it. The angel appearing there and breaking his chains for his escape. But second, because the reactions from everyone else are quite funny. The servant girl so shocked she fails to let him in… and he just stands there knocking. I can just picture him chuckling to himself. And then, the next morning, the guards running around in like chickens with their heads cut off looking for their high profile prisoner. All of them pointing figures at one another. They must’ve known the end was near for them. Many people may not see it, but there is quite a bit of humor in these 66 books.
I think the big thing for me in this set of readings is being lifted up by this heartwarming, funny story (the death of the guards and Herod not withstanding). Especially after reading about the succession of “evil” kings in 1 Kings – quite a depressing string of tails. Perhaps it isn’t a mistake that these chapters were paired together. I believe sometimes He wants us to enjoy his Word just for the sake of it. I know there are interpretations and lessons to be learned in the stories of the Kings and in what happened to Peter in the Acts, but this week, it was just about the Words themselves and what they did for me. How they made me feel. Closer to Him in a different way. Reading His Word for the enjoyment of it, not just to learn some lesson. I can absorb all the knowledge in the world about God, but will that get me closer to him?
Thank you God for your beautiful Words. Thank you for letting me know you in different ways. You are my Joy! Amen