Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Acts 12:6-10

6The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance.

7Suddenly 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.

8Then the angel said to him, "Put on your clothes and sandals." And Peter did so. "Wrap your cloak around you and follow me," the angel told him.

9Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision.

10They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.

Really Peter, how could you sleep?

Would you be able to sleep on a cold prison floor, handcuffed to two soldiers, knowing that you were going to die a brutal death tomorrow? This is clear evidence that Peter trusted God and what ever happened would be for God's glory.

Psalm 4:8 "In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety." Prayer and patience characterized the Christians inside and outside the prison, both Peter and the church.

This was not an ordinary jail break; because of the visit by an angel, the noise & release of the chains, the sleepy condition of Peter, and NO guards were awaken!! How was this possible?

Can you list at least 7 miracles mentioned in Peter's release?
1. an angel appeared
2. the light shone in the cell
3. the chains fell off
4. the ones to whom Peter was chained did not wake up
5 he passed one guard without him knowing it
6. he passed the second guard without him knowing it
7. the outer gate opened automatically (normally it took 25 men to open this massive gate)

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