And when she recognized Peter’s voice because of her joy she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter was standing in front of the gate.
(Acts 12:14, New American Standard)
Some scenes in the Bible are hilarious to me. Today’s scripture is an example. In this scene by miraculous intervention Peter left the jail where he had been under armed guard and ran to a friend’s house for sanctuary. After knocking on the gate to the house, his face must have lit up at hearing a friendly voice on the other side.
It was Rhoda, the maid. Believing she would open the gate and allow him to enter within a few seconds, Peter probably relaxed.
But Rhoda didn’t follow the plan. After hearing Peter’s voice, she ran back inside the house to tell the crowd gathered there that Peter, the prisoner for whom they had been praying, was outside. Peter was left stranded outside the gate.
Poor Rhoda! Nobody believed her report. Her listeners told her she was crazy to think the voice she thought she heard was Peter’s. Everyone knew he was under watch by trained guards at the jail. “It must have been an angel,” they said.
Suddenly, there was knocking at the gate.
Do angels knock on doors?
Someone finally opened the gate. Surprise!
I love this story because it shows early Christians were not perfect. They doubted and criticized each other, even called each other names! Yet God’s kingdom grew.
God, thank you for loving all of us. Help us to remember You created us, defects and all, for Your glory. Help us to use humor whenever possible to heal relationships in order to grow your Kingdom.