Matthew Lesson 15 Day 2

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Matthew Lesson 15 Day 2

Matthew 14:1-12; Mark 6:12-29; Luke 23:7-12

John the Baptist Beheaded

3) Herod thought John the Baptizer came back from the dead.

When Herod heard what people were saying about Jesus, he thought John came back from the dead as Jesus.

4a) Herodias

“This infamous woman was the daughter of Aristobulus and Bernice, and grand-daughter of Herod the Great. Her first marriage was with Herod Philip, her uncle, by whom she had Salome: some time after, she left her husband, and lived publicly with Herod Antipas.” (Adam Clarke Commentary, public domain.)

Herodias was not only Antipas’ sister-in-law but also his niece, the daughter of his half-brother Aristobulus; (Carson)

Her daughter, Salome from her previous marriage to Herod’s brother, was his niece’s daughter and his step-daughter.

Herod respected and feared John and his followers because he believed John was a righteous and holy man. For fear of the people, Herod protected John even though John’s repeated accusations left him miserable with guilt.

But he feared his wife more than the multitude.

b)  It seems Herodias likely encouraged her daughter to dance for Herod and his guests in celebration of his birthday. The fact that he offered to give anything she might ask leads readers to believe she danced in a highly erotic manner.

Herodias then encouraged her daughter to ask Herod for John’s head on a platter. What a gruesome, evil She did as her mother asked.

c)  He made an unwise oath.

It seems Herod lacked backbone and strong moral convictions. High on alcohol and an atmosphere charged with lust, fueled by his enormous ego, he made a rash promise. It seems fear sobered him quickly when the girl made her evil request. To avoid embarrassment and humiliation he complied.

Her request was unexpected and unreasonable. His ego led him to go against his better judgment.

Herod, although moved by John’s preaching, was unwilling to repent of taking his brother’s wife. Herod was troubled when he heard the rumors about Jesus. Herod may have been haunted by John’s blood on his hands. Perhaps he both hoped and feared John had come back from the dead. The only way to know was to see for himself. I also wonder if Herod still had a small shred of tenderness in his heart toward the message.

Luke 27:7-12

Before the crucifixion, Pilate washed his hands concerning Jesus and sent him to Herod.

When questioned by Herod, Jesus remained silent.

Jesus must have known Herod was a lost cause. His heart was hardened and unrepentant. He merely wanted to see Jesus perform a
magic trick for him.

5) The sins of Herod and Herodias

Herod seduced Herodias, got rid of his wife, and married her (Herodias). The prophet called them out on it which embarrassed and infuriated her.

We must run from evil as Joseph did. He suffered for rejecting Potiphar’s wife’s advances, but he did not sin. (Genesis 39:12) God used him in a mighty way, working all things for the greater good. (Genesis 50:20)

Daniel refused to defile himself with the royal delicacies. (Daniel 1:8.)

Herod’s behavior reminds me of Zedekiah, Nebuchadnezzar, and Pharaoh. I must guard my own heart to ensure it remains tender and attentive to the Holy Spirit. Pride and arrogance lead to rebellion against God.

6) John’s disciples

John’s disciples buried John’s body and then told Jesus what happened.

They honored John by burying his body and notifying his cousin, Jesus, who was so much more than a relative.

“It is not said by the Evangelist that they buried John, but ‘they took up his body, and buried it,’ not him. The real John no man could bury, and Herod soon found that, being dead, he yet spoke.” (Spurgeon) (1)

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