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Verses 21-24: “So on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne and gave an oration to them. And the people kept shouting, “The voice of a god and not of a man!” Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died. But the word of God grew and multiplied.”

Dr. Ray Stantz slowly took a couple of steps up the smoking staircase ahead of the other Ghostbusters.

Ray: Gozer the Gozerian? Good evening. As a duly-designated representative of the City, County and State of New York, I order you to cease any and all supernatural activity and return forthwith to your place of origin, or to the next convenient parallel dimension.
Dr. Peter Venkman: That oughta do it. Thanks very much, Ray.
Gozer: Are you a god?
Stantz: [looks at Venkman, who nods] No.
Gozer: Then… DIIIIIIIIE! [sends the Ghostbusters sprawling with lightning bolts]

As the Ghostbusters slowly get up from being almost blown off the building, Winston Zeddemore says, “Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a god, you say YES!”

The previous dialogue was from one of my favorite movies, Ghostbusters (https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Ghostbusters). Of course, Dr. Ray Stantz would never claim to be a god, let alone God Himself. However, some people never learn.

Herod was all set to “soak up some praise”. During his speech to the crowd, they, in a fervent frenzy, called him a god for how he was speaking. Herod could’ve corrected them; he could’ve stopped it. After all, he was the king! But he didn’t; he probably let it stoke his ego.

You don’t claim God’s glory…period. An angel of the Lord delivered the final smack down to Herod, thus ending his miserable life. Here was a man determined to end the spread of Christianity, and in the end, it was he who was stopped. Verse 24 says it all: “But the word of God grew and multiplied.”

Something to think about.

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