Do you tire of people saying, “I believe strongly, but” and they go on to make an excuse why they can’t act on their belief? Do you notice that those who speak of trusting God are also the ones who panic over the economy? Is it possible to be afraid and trust Jesus at the same time?
King Herod respected John the Baptist.
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. (Mark 6:20 NAS)
Herod was in awe of John. Convinced that he was a holy man, he gave him special treatment. Whenever he listened to him he was miserable with guilt—and yet he couldn’t stay away. Something in John kept pulling him back. (Mark 6:20 The Message)
Even though listening to John made him feel guilty, Herod kept listening.
Some version of the Bible say Herod had awe or respect for John. Herod didn’t know another man who spoke truth without caring whom he offended. Herod found John’s message to be perplexing, disturbing, and convicting; and yet he could not stay away from John.
Knowing that John spoke the truth about his marrying his brother’s wife, Herod knew that John was honest, pure, spokesman for God. Therefore, he did what he could to protect John from the wrath of Herodias, his wife.
Herod’s wife reacted to true with hatred toward the messenger.
Herodias knew John spoke the truth and instead of admiring him for it, she plotted his execution (Mark 6:21-28). Maybe she was concerned that Herod would become a follower of John.
Distracted by lust Herod made a foolish oath. When Herod realized his mistake, he was unwilling to correct his error. Instead he allowed an innocent man, John to be beheaded. But even before his death Herod suffered for his sin. Read how his conscience bothered him:
When Herod heard of it, he said, “John, the one I beheaded, has been raised!” For Herod himself had given orders to arrest John and to chain him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married. (Mark 6:16-17 HCSB)
Herod’s guilt caused him to become irrational.
Herod’s guilty conscience led him to the wrong conclusion, Jesus was decapitated John risen form the dead. It is interesting how our personal experiences influence the way we evaluate life. John was the most holy man Herod had ever met; Jesus was also a very righteous man. There could not be two men who made morality a priority; obviously, John had come back from the dead.
Herod knew the truth:
- It was wrong to marry his brother’s wife.
- John the Baptist was a righteous, holy man.
- He needed to repent.
He had executed John rather than appear weak before his wife and government officials. Pilate also gave into public opinion when he ordered Jesus’ crucifixion (Matthew 27:24). We prove we have no faith when we fail to act on what we know is scriptural.
Believing without action is meaningless.
The Christian walk is not just knowing the Truth (John 14:6); it is acting on the truth. We must demonstrate our belief through our faith-filled acts (Hebrews 11:6). If our actions do not align with our beliefs (James 2:26), we are no different from Herod.The Christian walk is not just knowing the Truth; it is acting on the truth. We must demonstrate our belief… Click To Tweet
Herod received a second chance.
He had the opportunity to find Jesus and expressed his remorse in killing John. He knew Jesus was a powerful righteous man, but he would not surrender his pride. Learn from Herod’s mistake, demonstrate your faith by doing what is righteous without regard for others’ opinions.
- Inspire others by sharing how you benefited from acting on truth.