Monday, March 12, 2018

Mark 6:14-29 (NKJV)

Now King Herod heard of Him, for His name had become well known. And he said, “John the Baptist is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him.” 15Others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is the Prophet, or like one of the prophets.” 16But when Herod heard, he said, “This is John, whom I beheaded; he has been raised from the dead!” 17For Herod himself had sent and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife; for he had married her. 18Because John had said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19Therefore Herodias held it against him and wanted to kill him, but she could not; 20for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just and holy man, and he protected him. And when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly. 21Then an opportune day came when Herod on his birthday gave a feast for his nobles, the high officers, and the chief men of Galilee. 22And when Herodias’ daughter herself came in and danced, and pleased Herod and those who sat with him, the king said to the girl, “Ask me whatever you want, and I will give it to you.” 23He also swore to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half my kingdom.” 24So she went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist!” 25Immediately she came in with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26And the king was exceedingly sorry; yet, because of the oaths and because of those who sat with him, he did not want to refuse her. 27Immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded his head to be brought. And he went and beheaded him in prison, 28brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother. 29When his disciples heard of it, they came and took away his corpse and laid it in a tomb.

John the Baptist spoke fearlessly against the unlawful marriage of King Herod to Herodias. On account of this, he was arrested, bound and put in prison. Secondly, Herodias held a grudge against him and looked for an opportunity to kill him. Sometimes God allows his children to suffer for speaking the truth.

Verse 20, testifies about John the Baptist as a just and holy man. What testimony do people have about you? The long awaited opportunity came for Herodias when Herod held a birthday party. Before all, Herodias’ daughter danced and pleased all. Therefore the king made a promise to her with an oath: (“ask me whatever you want and I will give it to you, – v23). This is a thoughtless, irrational promise to please his guests. Christians must not make such promises. Prompted by her mother Herodias, she demanded for the head of John the Baptist whose life and ministry ended that way.

God may be ‘silent’ when his people die unjustly but the most important thing is to be in him and finish one’s ministry. Brethren, the kingdom life does not permit us to bear grudges against anyone or become incorrigible. Let us be careful else we become worse than Herod and Herodias.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to accept correction and avoid bearing grudges against anybody.