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Verses 1-3: “Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread.”

Enter the villain. Herod the king enters the picture to harass the Christian church. He has James murdered and captures Peter. What strikes me about this is the part of the verses above where it’s stated “And because he saw that it pleased the Jews”.  In other words…Herod was also a corrupt politician, seeking to win over the majority with acts to gain favor.

In this election year, one might say the choices for President aren’t too promising. Each candidate, though they might have some good qualities, also seems to possess bad qualities and extra baggage that make for an old-fashioned, mud-slinging campaign. Promises will be made, and not certain that they will all be kept. One thing all registered voters need to do: make sure you vote, but make your choices wisely. We still live in a land where the right to vote is a privilege not to be taken lightly. If you are a Christian voter, you need to do something before you cast that ballot…pray to the Lord for guidance.

Something to think about.

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verses 4-5: “Take away the dross from the silver, And there comes out a vessel for the smith; Take away the wicked from before the king, And his throne will be established in righteousness.”

The 2 above verses are bound together by the theme of purifying. Heat silver ore to the point that the dross in the ore rises to the top and can be skimmed off, and you are left with more pure silver. Remove any hint of shady officials or less then honest workers in the king’s court, and you are left with a more righteousness, more just, more trustworthy kingdom authority.

My wife was reminded of an old hymn that she had a copy of called Rejoice in the Lord (written by Ron Hamilton, copyright 1978 by Musical Ministries).

God never moves without purpose or plan
When trying His servant and molding a man,
Give thanks to the Lord though your testing seems long;
In darkness He giveth a song.

I could not see through the shadows ahead;
So I looked at the cross of my Savior instead
I bowed to the will of the Master that day;
Then peace came and tears fled away.

Now I can see testing comes from above;
God strengthens His children and purges in love.
My Father knows best and I trust in His care;
Through purging more fruit I will bear.

O rejoice in the Lord, He makes no mistake.
He knoweth the end of each path that I take.
For when I am tried and purified,
I shall come forth as gold.

Have a blessed day in the Lord!

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