6 The very night before Herod was about to bring him forth, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, fastened with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison.
Note: Peter slept peacefully during a time when he could be forgiven for wringing his hands and pacing the floor. He was facing death in the morning. Remember that Jesus slept in the boat that was filling with water in the midst of a storm.
7And suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared [standing beside him], and a light shone in the place where he was. And the angel gently smote Peter on the side and awakened him, saying, Get up quickly! And the chains fell off his hands.
8And the angel said to him, Tighten your belt and bind on your sandals. And he did so. And he said to him, Wrap your outer garment around you and follow me.
Note: The angel said to TIGHTEN his belt NOT GO and FIND his belt. The angel said to BIND on his sandals NOT GO AND GET his sandals. The angel said to wrap his outer garment around him NOT TRY and REMEMBER where his garment was.
14Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God,
15And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.
9And [Peter] went out [along] following him, and he was not conscious that what was apparently being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.
10When they had passed through the first guard and the second, they came to the iron gate which leads into the city. Of its own accord [the gate] swung open, and they went out and passed on through one street; and at once the angel left him.
Note: There were real live soldiers at the first and second guard. They were had picked to be alert and to risk their lives to defend the area! They did not and could not cry for help or strike back as the angel and Peter marched through. And what about that gate, that IRON gate? It swung open of its on accord!
WHO IS THIS GOLIATH, THIS GIANT THAT DARE DEFY THE ARMY OF THE MOST HIGH GOD? WHAT IS THIS RED SEA THAT SEEKS TO HINDER ME FROM THE OTHER SIDE? WHAT IS THIS SICKNESS THAT HAS ATTACKED MY BODY? WHAT ARE THESE BILLS THAT REFUSE TO BE PAID? WHAT IS THIS CHILD THAT REFUSES TO COME HOME? WHAT ARE THESE DRUGS THAT SCREAM ADDICTION? WHAT IS THIS SPIRIT OF FEAR AND TORMENT? IRON GATE IN MY LIFE OPEN, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST!
BECAUSE OF YOUR VISION, PURITY AND SINGLENESS OF HEART, YOU HAVE PASSED THROUGH THE FIRST GUARD AND THE SECOND GUARD IN YOUR LIFE. YOU HAVE PASSED THROUGH THE OBSTACLES.LISTEN AND HEAR THE SOUND OF THE IRON GATE! IT IS OPENING OF ITS OWN ACCORD!
11Then Peter came to himself and said, Now I really know and am sure that the Lord has sent His angel and delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting [to do to me].
1 WHEN THE Lord brought back the captives [who returned] to Zion, we were like those who dream [it seemed so unreal].
2Then were our mouths filled with laughter, and our tongues with singing. Then they said among the nations, The Lord has done great things for them.