Peter Gets Out of Jail
April AD44 - Acts 12:1-19
Peter was sleeping but the church was praying and an angel appears and leads Peter out of Jail. The angel takes Peter one block and disappears. Peter went to those praying for him then goes to an other place of safety. King Herod Agrippa 1 later that day has the guards executed
This is nearly the last time we hear of Peter in the Book of Acts, even though he carries on with the work that His Lord and Master called him to do. Peter wrote letters called 1 and 2 Peter.
John's brother James had just been martyred by Herod Agrippa 1, the same man who put Peter into prison.
Peter's Miraculous Escape From Prison
12 It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. 2 He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. 3 When he saw that this pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. 4 After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.
5 So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.
6 The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. 7 Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. "Quick, get up!" he said, and the chains fell off Peter's wrists.
8 Then the angel said to him, "Put on your clothes and sandals." And Peter did so. "Wrap your cloak around you and follow me," the angel told him. 9 Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. 10 They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.
11 Then Peter came to himself and said, "Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me from Herod's clutches and from everything the Jewish people were anticipating."
12 When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. 13 Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door. 14When she recognized Peter's voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, "Peter is at the door!"
15 "You're out of your mind," they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, "It must be his angel."
16 But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. 17 Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. "Tell James and the brothers about this," he said, and then he left for another place.
18 In the morning, there was no small commotion among
the soldiers as to what had become of Peter. 19 After Herod
had a thorough search made for him and did not find him, he
cross-examined the guards and ordered that they be executed.
Peter expected to be looked after by his friend Jesus and he was.
Herod Agrippa 1 (the grandson of Herod the Great) was born about 10BC, and reigned for seven years as a client king under Roman jurisdiction AD37-AD41. He was eaten by worms Acts 12:23.