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Read Mark 6:14-29


Read Mark 6:14-29

14 Now King Herodh heard about all this, because Jesus’ reputation had spread everywhere. Some people were saying, “John the Baptist has come back to life! That is why he has this power to perform miracles.”
15 Others, however, said, “He is Elijah.”
Others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago.”
16 When Herod heard it, he said, “He is John the Baptist! I had his head cut off, but he has come back to life!” 17Herod himself had ordered John’s arrest, and he had him chained and put in prison. Herod did this because of Herodias, whom he had married, even though she was the wife of his brother Philip. 18John the Baptist kept telling Herod, “It isn’t right for you to be married to your brother’s wife!”
19 So Herodias held a grudge against John and wanted to kill him, but she could not because of Herod. 20Herod was afraid of John because he knew that John was a good and holy man, and so he kept him safe. He liked to listen to him, even though he became greatly disturbed every time he heard him.
21 Finally Herodias got her chance. It was on Herod’s birthday, when he gave a feast for all the chief government officials, the military commanders, and the leading citizens of Galilee. 22The daughter of Herodiasi came in and danced, and pleased Herod and his guests. So the king said to the girl, “What would you like to have? I will give you anything you want.” 23With many vows he said to her, “I swear that I will give you anything you ask for, even as much as half my kingdom!”
24 So the girl went out and asked her mother, “What shall I ask for?”
“The head of John the Baptist,” she answered.
25 The girl hurried back at once to the king and demanded, “I want you to give me here and now the head of John the Baptist on a dish!”
26 This made the king very sad, but he could not refuse her because of the vows he had made in front of all his guests. 27So he sent off a guard at once with orders to bring John’s head. The guard left, went to the prison, and cut John’s head off; 28then he brought it on a dish and gave it to the girl, who gave it to her mother. 29When John’s disciples heard about this, they came and took away his body, and buried it.

Think

John the Baptist spoke out boldly against King Herod - he had married the wife of his own brother, Philip.  This was obviously an abuse of his power and authority - a moral problem.  Because John spoke out Herod had him arrested and eventually his wife tricked him into killing John.
One thing led to another.

Pray

Lord the bad decisions I have made in the past and will make today will haunt me into the future.  Help me to make decisions according to your will, your love, your wisdom, your justice.

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