Text: Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.Â And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.Â And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)Â And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. (Acts 12:1-4)
Tweet: Like the Jews and Herod, many former antagonists become fast allies in a joint and furious assault upon the church.