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A Guilty Conscience”

I’ve had a few of those over the years. You convince yourself that something is ok to do or try. You are sure no one will find out what you are thinking of doing and you do the deed.
Then the guilty conscience kicks in and you feel terrible.
Please read about a king that had a guilty conscience.

Mark 6:14-29

14 King Herod heard about this, for Jesus’ name had become well known. Some were saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 Others said, “He is Elijah.”And still, others claimed, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago.” 16 But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, the man I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!” 17 For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married. 18 For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19 So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to, 20 because 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. 21 Finally the opportune time came. On his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his high officials and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 When the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests. The king said to the girl, “Ask me for anything you want, and I’ll give it to you.” 23 And he promised her with an oath, “Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.” 24 She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” “The head of John the Baptist,” she answered. 25 At once the girl hurried in to the king with the request: “I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27 So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison, 28, and brought back his head on a platter. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother. 29 On hearing of this, John’s disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

King Herod has a guilty conscience. He should have one, he has an innocent man put to death. And why did this happen? King Herod made a foolish oath. This happened at a party and I imagine drinks were flowing. I mean really, he would give half of his kingdom to the girl for one dance. I mean, King Herod, get a life.

The Bible records many foolish oaths. If you make one of them, you would be better off saying you know what, I made a mistake. I take back what I said.

King Herod didn’t have to kill John the Baptist. He should have accepted the shame of a foolish oath and said to his stepdaughter, I can’t do that. But in this case, instead of people looking down on him, perhaps laughing at him, King Herod has the Lord to deal with.
Might we learn from his foolish mistake?

Have a tremendous day in the Lord,

Let everything that has breath (this includes you) Praise and thank the Lord.

Be Blessed,

Be a Blessing;

Amen

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