Matthew 14:1–12 (ESV)
The Death of John the Baptist
14 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus, 2 and he said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead; that is
why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” 3 For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, 4 because
John had been saying to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” 5 And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet. 6 But
when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company and pleased Herod, 7 so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. 8 Prompted
by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.” 9 And the king was sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given. 10 He
sent and had John beheaded in the prison, 11 and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. 12 And his disciples
came and took the body and buried it, and they went and told Jesus.
There is a lot of history packed into today’s reading. What really happened
to John the Baptist? We get the answers. Always remember to think oaths through before you commit to them. This was an oath that Herod would have loved to get out of, but he honored his oath more than the life of John the Baptist. The
Lutheran Study Bible states: “Throughout history, wicked earthly rulers have attacked Christ and His kingdom (cf 2:16–18). But their rage is in vain (Ps 2:1–2). Believers might at times be concerned about the outcome of this warfare between
God and Satan, but have no fear. Christ has won the victory (1Co 15:57).
I pray: Lord Jesus, when I fear the might of those who oppose Your kingdom, comfort
me with the knowledge that You live and rule eternally. Amen.