Why did God kill Herod, a non Jew?

by truthseeker 6 Replies latest jw friends

  • truthseeker

    Why did God kill a non-Jewish ruler?

    Acts 12:21-22

    21 And upon a day appointed, Herod being arrayed in kingly apparel, sat in the judgment seat and made an oration to them. 22 And the people made acclamation, saying: It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. 23 And forthwith an angel of the Lord struck him, because he had not given the honour to God: and, being eaten up by worms, he gave up the ghost.

    There were plenty of other people involved in the deaths of the Apostles, yet God did not execute vengeance then. Consider the beheading of John the Baptizer.


    To the Herodian characteristics of his predecessors, Herod Agrippa added the leaven of vanity, and love of popularity along social as well as political lines. We are told that he "stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James . . . with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded . . . to take Peter also." But Peter escaped from prison, and Herod ordered his keepers to be put to death. Then "upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration," and the people said, "It is the voice of a god, and not of a man." Self-deification quickly brought its own punishment, however, for the narrative goes on to say that "the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost."

  • VM44
    because he gave not God the glory:

    Why does God require the "glory"?

  • james_woods

    OK, stone me for saying this, but could this be one of those little Hellenistic Jewish details that writers of the day were so fond of using?

    The whole context sounds very much like a Jewish Revenge tale when you read it.

  • Deputy Dog
    Deputy Dog

    Why did God kill a non-Jewish ruler?

    Luke 13:2

    And He answered and said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered this fate?

    Luke 13:3

    "I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

    Luke 13:4

    "Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem?

    Luke 13:5

    "I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish."

  • Octarine Prince
    Octarine Prince

    Something like that.

    When the crowd "gassed him up" by saying that phrase, he should have corrected them immediately. "All things by God's Power for His Glory," or something to that effect. He chose to do a Mussolini instead.

  • jookbeard

    just goes to show how far I'm behind with my shortfall of biblical knowledge,I'd forgotten that Yahweh even killed Herod, and even forgot that Herod was a Gentile, I thought Herod got away with it, just goes to show how weak I was!

  • jaguarbass

    The bible was written with an agenda. To keep as many people as possible trapped in the matrix. To keep you trapped slaving and working for the government and not living your life the way you want. Part of that trap is for as many people as possible to believe in the Bible, Jehovah and Jesus.

    When we are thinking about the bible Jehovah and Jesus we are not thinking about how the government is rapping us. Kind of like devide and conquer. Thinking about the bible Jehovah and Jesus kind of like makes us Zombies walking around in a trance and we allow the rich to use and abuse us.

    By the question you ask I suspect you believe there may be a loving kind God who cares about man.

    A god who will take care of the business and things that you dont want to deal with or think about.

    That is why I think God killed Herod a non Jew. So that you will think these ways. And stay trapped in sleep in the matrix.

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