What Jesus Did! 'Shameful' — Mark 6:21-26

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Then the right time came for Herodias to cause John's death. It happened on Herod's birthday. Herod gave a dinner party for the most important government leaders, the commanders of his army, and the most important people in Galilee. The daughter of Herodias came to the party and danced. When she danced, Herod and the people eating with him were very pleased. So King Herod said to the girl, "I will give you anything you want." Herod promised her, "Anything you ask for I will give to you. I will even give you half of my kingdom." The girl went to her mother and asked, "What should I ask King Herod to give me?" Her mother answered, "Ask for the head of John the Baptizer." Quickly the girl went back in to the king. The girl said to the king, "Please give me the head of John the Baptizer. Bring it to me now on a plate." King Herod was very sad. But he had promised to give the girl anything she wanted. And the people eating there with Herod heard his promise. So Herod did not want to refuse the thing she asked for.
— Mark 6:21-26 NLT
Illustration of Mark 6:21-26 NLT — "Please give me the head of John the Baptizer. Bring it to me now on a plate."

Key Thought

This horrible story is a reminder that God's people have often faced direct opposition from those in power. Proclaiming truth does not always lead to pleasant short-term results for God's truth-telling people. John loses his life because of the unscrupulous desires of an immoral Herodias and the political cowardice of Herod—who added incest to his adultery by taking Herodias (his half-brother's wife and the daughter of another half-brother) as his own wife. Shamefulness and blatant sin hates truth-telling and will do whatever is necessary to hide the truth, including killing the truth-teller. So we shouldn't be surprised in our day when the truth is not desired and is often opposed by those who choose the way of immorality. Let's pray for truth-tellers! Let's ask God to make their influence felt and their lives not to be lived in vain!

Today's Prayer

O God, please protect and empower your truth-tellers. Make their voices effective. Keep their political enemies from silencing them. When their ministry is complete, please bring them home to you with great joy. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 3:16-21
  • John 15:21
  • Matthew 5:43-48


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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