Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 3 Study # 1
September 13, 2009
Lincolnton, NC

<558> Thesis: The seed-sowing will eventually come to an end. Introduction: In our study last week, we considered the reaction of Herod, called "the tetrarch", and made the claim that Luke referred to him as "the tetrarch" because he wished to create a verbal "association" between the concepts of God's spoken revelation of Truth and the liability that the rulers of this world face because God has spoken. I took that reality and made the claim that we are all "tetrarchs" of our own lives and have the same liability that Herod unknowingly faced. One fact that I did not point out about Herod last week was one connected to Luke's "tetrarch" thesis: the problem of his "liability". In Luke 8:3 we are told that Herod's "steward" was married to one of Jesus' financial sponsors. In Acts 13:1 we are told that Herod had a childhood associate that was one of the "prophets and teachers" in the church in Antioch. These two records tell us that Herod was not isolated from those who had come to faith in Jesus. But the fact of greatest significance for our study this morning is the one recorded by Luke in Acts 12:23. This startling record comes on the heels of Acts 12:1-4. The point I want to make in this introduction of our study this morning is this: the angel of the Lord did not kill Herod for beheading John, or putting James to death to curry favor with the Jews; he killed Herod for accepting the blasphemous cries of the people who were attempting to curry favor with him. Now, what is this? In a word, it is a record of the end of divine patience. This is a fact that I wish to address this morning in our consideration of Luke's record of the feeding of the five thousand: the end of divine patience.