John’s public preaching ended when he confronted Herod, the ruler of Galilee, for his many corrupt deeds, including taking Herodias, the ruler’s sister-in-law, as his own wife. Herod responded by throwing John into prison.
In verses 20-23, King Herod is struck dead for accepting worship as a god.
In verses 18-19, we learn that Herod executes the guards for Peter’s escape.
In verses 1-4, we read that pat of Herod’s motivation in persecuting the Christians is that the Jews appreciated his efforts.
1. Herod persecutes Christians
2. Peter escapes from prison
3. Herod dies
In Acts 12, King Herod actively persecutes Christians. Toward the end of the chapter, we learn that when his followers called him a god and he didn’t correct them, Herod was struck with sickness and death.
Verse 24 says, “But the word of God continued to spread and flourish,” despite Herod’s best efforts.
“The word of God” appears to be synonymous with the message that Peter has been preaching.