Herod is not God

So the Bible, yeah, I'm spozed to be reading this thing. I finally got myself to look at it some more. It's just as silly as it ever was. ACTS 12 is where I had the pages folded over, so

21 On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. 22 They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a mere mortal.”

So far so good, Harold gives speech, he's all eloquent. He's totes good at it, people say he's a God, like M.L.K. or Eric Clapton.  Then it gets confusing

23 Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.

Some angel pops up and lays into... mmm, the people, for breaking the first commandment, nooo, Herod ??? Is this another "somebody else died for your sins" affair? ... but look at why he struck him:  it wasn't that they called him a false god, so Clapton is safe, it was that Herod didn't praise God. When, in his speech? After they accused him? Or just in general?  This seems like a good thing to know.

The ending is really weird. First, he was struck down by an angel, then worms ate him, and then he died.? That is one tough sunnuvabitch. If worms ate me I'd die too, but what's with the wimpy angel? What'd he strike him down with, a left hook? I'd expect angels to have like +12 Smiting, at least, so when they struck you down, buddy you stayed down. Then it would go: smite, die, then worms.

That would make sense, but that's not what the Bible says.


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Anonymous said...

Excellent stuff, uzza.

Just to be on the safe side, I would get my praising out there early, loud and long, just so it doesn't get lost in the chorus of Hosannahs, etc.