2002-11-24 - Herodias and Her Daughter
Inspirational Women, Part 13
As is our habit on Sundays, we simply provide passages with little commentary,
preferring that they speak for themselves. This week we look at Herodias
and her daughter. We can learn much from the mistakes of others. Herodias
and her daughter remind us (1) of the danger of vengeful behavior and (2)
that we should not obey our parents if it means disobeying God.
Mark 6:17-29 (NASB) 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.