Herod Agrippa I
What an amazing story, the life of Herod Agrippa I. He goes down in secular
history as a man who was given over to lavish spending and owing many debtors. He
no doubt had impressive gifts, so much so that even the Caesars respected him
and in Judea the Pharisees respected him and treated him as a Hasmonean ruler
rather than an Edomite, but his heart was given over continually to vain things.
In Biblical history he is remembered as the violent persecutor of the early
church, the one who slew James, and imprisoned Peter (Acts 12:1-4). Later, the
Bible says, at Caesarea during a speech and receiving glory from men, he died
being "eaten of worms"
(Acts 12:23), in 44 A.D.
King Agrippa I was known for his many debts and yet his greatest debt was the
one that he owed for his own sin, which he could never repay except by the
blood of Jesus. His only hope was that he would have trusted in the hope of Israel
and not in the false security of the young emperors and the Roman Empire. He
borrowed and spent so much money to impress his royal friends, Claudius, Drusus,
and later Caligula, but all the honor and power that each of them could give in
return could never compare with the beautiful gift that the men whom he
persecuted in Judea, James and Peter, were able to impart by the Holy Spirit which
Few men in the history of the world had experienced the power and wealth of
King Herod Agrippa I, yet it was a heavy price that he had to pay to get there.
He even betrayed his sisters husband Antipas, who, though he was evil, he went
out of his way to help Agrippa when he was desperate, giving him a home and a
The Bible reveals that "to whom much is given, much is required" and King
Herod Agrippa I used his tremendous opportunity for his own selfish gain and
What a tremendous opportunity we have today, to learn from the Bible the truth
that if we "seek first HIS kingdom and HIS righteousness then all things will
be added to us."