John’s Death

Friday, January 28, 2022

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The Death of John

14 1-2 At about this time, Herod, the regional ruler, heard what was being said about Jesus. He said to his servants, “This has to be John the Baptizer come back from the dead. That’s why he’s able to work miracles!”

3-5 Herod had arrested John, put him in chains, and sent him to prison to placate Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife. John had provoked Herod by naming his relationship with Herodias “adultery.” Herod wanted to kill him, but he was afraid because so many people revered John as a prophet of God.

6-12 But at his birthday celebration, he got his chance. Herodias’s daughter provided the entertainment, dancing for the guests. She swept Herod away. In his drunken enthusiasm, he promised her on oath anything she wanted. Already coached by her mother, she was ready: “Give me, served up on a platter, the head of John the Baptizer.” That sobered the king up fast. Unwilling to lose face with his guests, he did it—ordered John’s head cut off and presented to the girl on a platter. She in turn gave it to her mother. Later, John’s disciples got the body, gave it a reverent burial, and reported to Jesus.

-Matthew 14:1-12 The Message

John the Baptist Beheaded

14 Verse 1: At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the news about Jesus,

Verse 2: and said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist; he himself has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”

Verse 1 study: Herod was a tetrarch, one of four rulers over four districts of Palestine. His territory included the region of Galilee and Perea. He was the son of Herod the Great; he ordered the killing of babies in Bethlehem (2:16). He is also known as Herod Antipas. He heard Jesus’ case before his crucifixion (Luke 23:6-12).

Verse 3: For when Herod had John arrested, he bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip.

Verse 3 study: Herod’s half-brother Philip was another of Palestine’s four rulers. His territories were Itvraea and Trachonitis, which is Northeast of the sea of Galilee (Luke 3:1) Herodias, Philip’s wife, left Philip to live with Herod Antipas. John the Baptist condemned them for living together; immorally (Mark 6:17-18).

Verse 4: For John had been saying to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.”

Verse 5: Although Herod wanted to put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they regarded John as a prophet.

Verse 6: But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod,

Verse 7: so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked.

Verse 8: And after being prompted by her mother, she *said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.”

Verse 9: And although he was grieved, the king commanded it to be given because of his oaths and his dinner guests.

Verse 9 study: Herod didn’t want to kill John the Baptist, but he gave orders so he wouldn’t be embarrassed in front of guests. How easy it is to give in to a crowd to be pressured into doing the wrong thing. Don’t put yourself in that situation where it is too embarrassing to do what is right. Be the determined person to do what is right, regardless of how embarrassing or painful it may be.

Verse 10: He sent word and had John beheaded in the prison.

Verse 11: And his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.

Verse 12: John’s disciples came and took away the body and buried it; they went and reported to Jesus.

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.

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