Acts 12:20-23 (NLT)
20 Now Herod was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon. So they sent a delegation to make peace with him because their cities were dependent upon Herod’s country for food. The delegates won the support of Blastus, Herod’s personal assistant, 21 and an appointment with Herod was granted. When the day arrived, Herod put on his royal robes, sat on his throne, and made a speech to them. 22 The people gave him a great ovation, shouting, “It’s the voice of a god, not of a man!” 23 Instantly, an angel of the Lord struck Herod with a sickness, because he accepted the people’s worship instead of giving the glory to God. So he was consumed with worms and died.
Herod Agrippa reigned as the King of Judea. He had imprisoned the Apostle Peter and had beheaded the Apostle James who was the brother of John. Here in these verses we find the people of Tyre and Sidon sending a peace delegation to Herod to make a request for food. They had won the favor of Herod’s personal assistant and were granted an appointment. The people listened to his eloquent speach and looked upon the splendor of Herod’s clothing. They yelled out that he must be a god and not a man. It was at that point an angel of the Lord struck Herod with an illness and he died.
Many of you may have been recently impacted by the shortage of gasoline at your local gas stations. Yesterday before my son could get his truck back to a place we saw open they had already ran out of gas and closed down. I took a spare can of gas and probably drove for 40 minutes before finding a station open selling gas. Cars were backed up out into the street waiting for their chance at the pumps. This country needs to be careful that its dependence for oil does not turn into a situation like those of Tyre and Sidon. They were so dependent upon Herod for food they were willing to look up to him as a god. We need to remember to look towards the true God to meet our needs. We need to be in prayer for our country that God will lead us in the right direction to find the alternatives we need. And we should never bow to another as god just because they hold what we need.