1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.
2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also.
-After Herod killed James and saw how pleasing it was to the Jews, he went a little further and took Peter also. This is what makes the world such a dangerous enemy; they will never stop with a little persecution. Anytime the world moves against the church and receives good feedback from the masses, they feel permitted to press the attack. They will persecute one more Christian, or repeal one more God-honoring law, or glorify one more sin- always a little further. Fortunately, “greater is he that is in [us], than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4) and that great One also goes a little further. (Matthew 26:39) He went further to love us, He went further to spare us, and He went further to die for us. Even now He keeps watch over His own and no matter how far the enemy goes, the Lord can always go further.