Oct 25, 2017
“Herod the King” born in 10 BC is Herod Agrippa 1, son of Aristobulus and grandson of Herod the Great; he ruled from AD 41–44. His mother Mariamne was Jewish and her son considered himself Jewish and attended the morning and evening sacrifices at the temple in Jerusalem regularly. His desire to please the Jews resulted in his persecution of the followers of Jesus in Jerusalem. He killed the apostle, James Zebedee, with “the sword,” meaning he had James beheaded. This met with approval, so Herod proceeded to arrest Peter as well. Peter was placed in ‘maximum’ security with 16 soldiers guarding. This happened at the time of Passover/Unleavened Bread, a 7–day feast, and it was necessary that nothing happen to Peter until the holiday was completed. Meanwhile the “church” was praying for him.