Luke shows a hidden layer

In Acts 12, Luke demonstrates his knowledge of the Hebrew concept of the secret layer of scripture called ‘sod’ (pronounced with a long ‘o’). The reason he wrote it is to make a demonstration to the Greeks HOW the Hebrews see Christ in the Old Testament scriptures. The Gospels reveal the sod of the Old Testament, and Luke writes a sod from the gospels. The sod always speaks of Christ. Even the Rabbis say that the Messiah is, or reveals, the sod.

Here is a brief overview of the secret concerning Jesus:

Herod vexed Christ
Herod vexed the body of Christ (the church)

Jesus was arrested the week before Passover
Peter was arrested the week before Passover

Jesus was set between two (thieves)
Peter was set between two (guards)

A light shown in the tomb
A light shown in the cell

Jesus was poked in the side
Peter was poked in the side

Three barriers to escape (two days in death and the stone which was opened on the third day)
Three barriers to escape (two sets of guards and a gate)

The stone opened itself
The gate open itself

The first person Jesus saw was Mary
Peter went to Mary’s house

The woman who met Jesus (Mary) ran to tell the disciples
The woman who met Peter (Rhoda) ran to tell the disciples

She was told she was crazy
She was told she was mad

When Jesus finished visiting his disciples he went to another place
When Peter finished visiting the disciples he went to another place

There is also a riddle: At the beginning of Chapter 12 we are told that James was killed by Herod.  At the end, Peter says to go tell James.  Those who died before the cross, rose with Christ.

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