21 But a day of opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and high ranking officers and for the leaders of Galilee. 22 When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you want, and I will give it.” 23 And he solemnly swore to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.” 24 She went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?” She replied, “The head of John the baptizer.” 25 Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptizer on a platter.” 26 The king was deeply grieved; yet because of his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27 Immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, 28 brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother.
what Herod was thinking
Herod, what were you thinking? Well, the truth is, most of us get caught by our own rash words at times. We do not stop to consider the consequences of things we blurt out in anger, or lust, or in self-defence. The enemy uses our own words to trap us, or to cause irreparable damage to relationships. In Herod’s case, his interest in John’s spiritual message could not compete with his ego, so John’s life was sacrificed. Mighty king Herod, with his hair trigger mouth – is a warning to all of us.
LORD, give us the capacity to stop and think before we say something that does more harm than we would ever want.