By beanscot's husband
Acts 12:23 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 had just given a speech. The people deified him. He died. Luke explains why. I think it interesting that Luke, a doctor, points out the cause of death. He should have been called in to do an autopsy so that he could document the cause of death: Didn't Glorify God. Put that in the medical records.
I wonder why Luke includes this in his history of the church. Herod was a thorn in the side of the early church, so maybe he is showing how God moves obstacles to His work. Like a chess game, God simply removes Herod's piece from the board.
Steven Curtis Chapman's current hit "Do Everything" talks about the range of human activity, from the mundane to the "significant". It has gotten stuck in my head. Some of the lyrics are:
"It all matters just as long as you do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you,
Cause he made you,"
Steven Curtis Chapman - Do Everything
Herod blew it. He needed Steven Curtis Chapman around with his music, I guess. But he had Peter, et al. Pride is a big human problem. I am human. It is a problem for me. No, I'd rather do even the mundane for the glory of God.