“Head On A Platter”
“Head On A Platter”
So, if Herod knew that John was a holy and righteous man…
If Herod was perplexed by John…
If Herod enjoyed listening to John…
Then, how did Herod come to the point of killing John?
The Scripture is provided below…read it again. Repetition is the heart of understanding!
Well, there came a strategic day.
It was the day that Herod’s pride and hubris cost John the Baptist his head.
Herod had a banquet for his lords and military commanders.
Herodias’ daughter provided the entertainment.
She so pleased Herod that he offered her anything…anything up to half his kingdom.
He made the promise in front of all.
The daughter went and checked with mom.
Mom said, the “head of John the Baptist.”
She was angry with John.
He was speaking the truth about Herod and her relationship.
Herod was “very sorry”.
He was unwilling to ignore the oath he had made in front of all.
The deed was done.
Herod commanded the executioner.
The executioner beheaded John.
The head was placed on a platter.
The platter was given the girl.
The girl gave the head on the platter to her mom.
John lost his head to save Herod’s face.
Sadly, the same thing happens today in the Body of Christ.
We do many ungodly things to “save face”.
And King Herod heard of it, for His name had become well known; and people were saying, “John the Baptist has risen from the dead,
and that is why these miraculous powers are at work in Him.”
But others were saying, “He is Elijah.”
And others were saying, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.”
But when Herod heard of it, he kept saying, “John, whom I beheaded, has risen!”
For Herod himself had sent and had John arrested and bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, because he had married her.
For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”
Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death and could not do so;
for Herod was afraid of John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was very perplexed; but he used to enjoy listening to him.
A strategic day came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his lords and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee;
and when the daughter of Herodias herself came in and danced,
she pleased Herod and his dinner guests; and the king said to the girl,
“Ask me for whatever you want and I will give it to you.”
And he swore to her, “Whatever you ask of me, I will give it to you; up to half of my kingdom.”
And she went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?”
And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.”
Immediately she came in a hurry to the king and asked, saying,
“I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”
And although the king was very sorry,
yet because of his oaths and because of his dinner guests,
he was unwilling to refuse her.
Immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded him to bring back his head.
And he went and had him beheaded in the prison,
and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother.
When his disciples heard about this, they came and took away his body and laid it in a tomb.
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