The Director's Bible - 016
Luke's mystery revealed
When Luke wrote Chapter 12 of Acts he appears to have used events of Jesus's life as an outline to tell the account of Peter getting out of prison.
Herod had vexed Christ in the body and he vexed the church, the body of Christ. He arrested Jesus before Passover, and he arrested Peter before Passover. Jesus was placed between two thieves, and Peter was placed between two guards.
There were three barriers to Jesus's resurrection: two days and a stone. There were three barriers to Peter getting out of prison: two sets of guards and a gate. The stone and the gate were both opened by themselves.
The first person that Jesus saw in resurrection was Mary, so Peter went to Mary's house. Mary ran to tell the disciples, and the woman who saw Peter ran to tell the disciples. They were both told they were crazy.
When Peter and Jesus were finished visiting the disciples they went to another place.
See Acts chapter 12 for greater details concerning the hidden mystery.
- 1. There is no parallel, and this author made it up.
- 2. There is a parallel, but it is an accident of history
- 3. There is a parallel, but Luke did not know about it.
- 4. There is a parallel and Luke knew and intended for it to be there.
Future chapters will demonstrate that these kinds of parallel accounts are the very warp and woof of scripture. If Luke did not know that he was writing it, then it is there by an act of God to endorse his writing as scripture. It is more probable that that Luke was trying to teach us how to read the riddle of the Old Testament by including the same kind of riddle in Acts 12.
The fullness of the hidden prophecies of Christ cannot be appreciated without an in-depth study of them in Hebrew, however, a high-level understanding can be obtained for many of them when they are studied in English.
Next we will look at a similar type riddle in Genesis 38 which is a prophecy of the birth of Christ.