“Whoever Steals God’s Glory Will Be Judged 凡盗取神榮耀的必受審判“（Acts 使徒行傳 12:18-25）
… After Herod had a thorough search made for him and did not find him, he cross-examined the guards and ordered that they be executed. … On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. They shouted, ‘This is the voice of a god, not of a man.’ Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died. But the word of God continued to spread and flourish. …
… 希律搜索他，卻找不到，就審問衛兵，下令把他們帶出去處死。… 到了定好的日期，希律穿上王服，坐在高台上，向他們演講。 群眾大聲說：“這是神的聲音，不是人的聲音！”他不歸榮耀給神，所以主的使者立刻擊打他，他被蟲咬，就斷了氣。神的道日漸興旺，越發廣傳。…
The guard was given the death penalty due to the escape of his prisoner, Peter. Dressed in royal clothes, Herod spoke before an audience eager to please him because they needed the food that came from Herod’s country. It is in human nature to look for political deliverers and messiahs, and they seemed to praise Herod as if he were a god. For his part, Herod enjoyed it, taking the glory unto himself. He believed he had the upper hand against God’s people but God showed who was really in charge – Herod was judged by God and the church was blessed.
Prayer: Glorious God of Creation, human history has been filling with the stories of those who thought they could fight God and succeed; yet, their ruined lives are evidence that it cannot be done even though their deserved judgment might not come immediately. No matter how attractive human voices/words are, they are not your voice! Thank you that your voice will impress a seal in our heart through your words, the Bible, humbling us as well as guiding and leading us into your truth. Amen.