Tuesday, August 3, 2010

NIPTO, Day 177

I had driving school today. It was pretty good. You can read about it here.

And then I came home and ate lunch. And I put another coat of nail polish on meh finger nails. (neon pink, if you were wondering.) And I'm watching Enchanted. It should be over soon... True Love's Kiss and all ;)

Ah. I just told Mom that she can get away with a nap as long as it's "in the Lord." hah. Terrible.

And then I read a book... talked to Kate :) annnnnd then read some more. Ate dinner. Went on a walk. Took a shower. Facebook/twitter-ed. Now...


Acts 12:1-19a
1It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. 2He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. 3When he saw that this pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. 4After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.

Ooooootay. So Herod is arresting people. He had James killed. And all the Jews liked that. So Herod decided that he liked what the people liked so he arrested Peter and put him in prison and was going to have him go on trial a little later, after Passover.

 5So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.
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.

Soooooooooo Pete's in prison. But there's a whole church praying for him. I would feel pretty good if I knew I had a ton of people had my back in prayer. 
The night before he was supposed to go on trial, Peter's sleeping between these two soldiers, and he's locked up with 2 chains. And there are sentries at the entrance of his cell. Then this angel appears to him and tells him to get up. The chains fall off of him... Uhm... what?

 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.

The angel keeps telling him what to do and such and he does it... and then the angel leads him out of prison! But Peter doesn't realize that this is actually happening. He thinks it's all a dream/vision. They passed the guards and then the get to the gate that leads to the city and it opes for them by itself... uh... Crazy. They walk out and go a street length and the angel disappears! Hm...

 11Then Peter came to himself and said, "Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me from Herod's clutches and from everything the Jewish people were anticipating."
12When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying.

Peter realizes that this isn't all a dream and he knows that God sent an angel and rescued him from Herod. What a great God. When this happened, he went to John's mom's house. People were praying (for him, me thinks) there.

13Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door. 14When she recognized Peter's voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, "Peter is at the door!"
15"You're out of your mind," they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, "It must be his angel."

Peter knocks on the door (because he doesn't want to be rude and just walk in!) and a servant girl goes to the door and she hears Peter's voice and was SO happy that she ran back without opening the door. Oops. She tells everyone, "Peter's at the DOOR!"
And they're all like, "you're crazy. He's in prison. It has to be his angel."

16But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.17Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. "Tell James and the brothers about this," he said, and then he left for another place.

Peter was persistent and kept on knocking. And then they opened the door and were very surprised when they saw Peter. He told them to keep quiet (so as not to wake the neighbors with a ruckus) and told them how God led him out of prison. He told them to tell the other people in the church about it, and then he left for another, I'm presuming, safer, place.

 18In the morning, there was no small commotion among the soldiers as to what had become of Peter.19After Herod had a thorough search made for him and did not find him, he cross-examined the guards and ordered that they be executed.

In the morning, there was a great big ruckus at the prison. Why? Their highest security prisoner escaped. Herod made a search for him and didn't find him (obviously) and then he questioned/cross-examined the guards. They had nothing... so he ordered that they were to be killed. Kinda sad, but that's how crazy Herod was, and that's how much Herod didn't want Peter to be out and about!

meh. I feel like a jerk right now. I don't know if I'm actually acting like a jerk, but I'm thinking like one.
Being frustrated isn't helping me right now...
I guess I'm going to go pray and then SLEEP.
Last day of driving tomorrow. Maybe going to the mall with a friend? I'm still not sure. And it's kind of stressing me out. =/
Sleeeeeep. Sleep, that's the only thing for me.

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