Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Morning Cup of Tea: The Death of John the Baptizer

Jesus went into Nazareth, and on the Sabbath taught in the synagogue. The people marveled at his wisdom, but did not want to listen to him. They had seen him grow up there, they knew his parents and his brothers and sisters. They could not believe that one such as he would try to teach them.
 Mark 6:4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
 Jesus couldnt do much there except heal the sick. He went about to the other villages, teaching. He called the twelve disciples to him and charged them to go out and teach, and gave them power over unclean spirits. The were to go out two by two, with only the shoes on their feet and the clothes on their backs. They were to take no money, no food, and no change of clothes. Those things would be provided.
  King Herod heard of the preaching and healing going on, and he was convinced that John the baptizer had come back from the dead.  He had married Herodius, his brother Philip's wife. John told him it was not a lawful marriage (v17). Herodius did not like John and wanted him dead. She couldn't do it, but he was imprisoned. On Herod's birthday he had a supper and Herodius' daughter came and danced for him. He was so pleased he offered her anything, up to half his kingdom. On her mother's advice, she asked for John's head on a silver platter. Herod was extremely sorry he'd made the offer but he would not go back on his word. John the baptizer was executed and his head was brought to Herod. John's disciples came for the body and buried it.  

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