We are Herod (Mark 6:20)

Mark 6:20 — “Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled ; yet he liked to listen to him.”

This is Herod Antipas, who is soon going to kill John the Baptist and serve his head on a platter.

How like him we are!

His wife, Herodias, HATED John the Baptist. But because Herod knew he wasn’t as bad as she was, he thought he himself was a good guy. We’re like that — married to our culture… and because we are not as hateful or greedy or comsumerist or whatever as other people, we think we’re good.

Herod knew John to be holy and righteous, yet he imprisoned him… with the advantage that he could then listen to his pet prophet all he wanted. We do that.

But overall, Herod was puzzled. He knew that he liked listening to John the Baptist preach God’s message, knew he was preaching the right way. But somehow… Herod never quite actualized it. Doesn’t that sound like you and me listening to Jesus?

And all the time, you know, Herod’s hand was never far from the ax or the platter…

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