August 2, 2014
“Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” Mt 14:1-12
King Herod was in quite a dilemma. To begin with, he was in an adulterous relationship with his brother’s wife, Herodias. And then, John the Baptist designated himself (or God did) as Herod’s conscience. He was truly a thorn in Herod and Herodias’ sides. So Herod had John arrested – probably at Herodias’ nagging . But in the process Herod began to break down and found John’s words quite intriguing.
Unfortunately, a few too many beers, a wild party and a dancing girl, all brought Herod directly into this boxed-in dilemma. He liked John, but he made a vow to the girl and he certainly didn’t want to look like a hypocrite to his underlings. Boy that woman was crafty! So John’s head it was. Dang it all! Probably shouldn’t have messed with that witch in the first place!
Message being, beloved, always stay clean in the first place!
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