Open Mouth Insert....
September 26, 2017, 1:41 PM

On Herod's birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for them and pleased Herod so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted, and had John beheaded in the prison.

    Sometimes, (way too many times I have) we get ourselves in trouble when we make promises or speak and do not realize the consequences of our statements. The results can be especially bad, when it is a leader or someone in a position of power. In this situation, King Herod made some promises, and then was asked to do something he really didn’t want to do. He could honor his promise and do what he did not wish to do. Or, he could admit his promise was foolish, reject her request, and produce unknown responses from his guests. What a horrible choice! After all, he was in charge! Now he is in a real tight spot. Should he do something really foolish and evil, or humbly admit he shouldn’t have made such a promise and go back on his word?

    Herod’s situation was not an insignificant situation especially for John! We know some time earlier he had wished John was dead, but now he is afraid of alienating his constituency, so he at least at this time doesn’t want to kill John. Now the real fear for him is what all the people are going to do! What to do, what to do? I wonder if this sort of situation sounds familiar to folks today.

    Herod has to decide, be humble, admit his mistake, or arrogantly preserve his reputation. Well we all know what he did. He had John beheaded, I suppose he decided he would just deal with the fall out later.

    It is a constant battle I believe, especially for those in positions of authority, or leadership. Do I preserve my reputation or do I simply admit I wish I had kept my mouth shut.

   I know Herod was fearful of this situation, which he created. Matthews account in chapter 14 tells us even before the story is told this tidbit; At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus, and he said to his attendants, "This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him."

    Until we humbly admit our mistakes, we will be forced to live in arrogant pride. It is a miserable fearful existence. The only way out of messes like this is to humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he will lift us up.

Have a great week. I love you all.