Our religious enemy
“After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.”
Peter is back in prison. He was there in chapter 5, put there by the High Priest, but an angel of the Lord opened the prison door.
Perhaps Herod heard how Peter had mysteriously escaped from the prison and so on this occasion he strengthened the grip on him. Four teams of four soldiers guarding Peter. That was how much Herod wanted to hold on to Peter. He was not going to escape this time.
The enemy doesn’t stop attacking. Even if you have had one victory, he will come again and do all he can to trap you and hold you again. But do not fear. The God who got you out of that first attack will get you out of the future ones too!
Herod wouldn’t bring him out for a public trial during the religious festival of Passover. How religious Herod was! Maybe he wasn’t, maybe he was just pretending to be in order to gain favour from the Jews. However, it shows how it is possible to appear to be very religious and at the same time be a destroyer of the Spirits work. A person can keep the religious duties and hold prisoners all on the same day.