Beware Evil’s Traps

'Lost and Found' by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission.
“Lost and Found” by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission.

Gospel – 8/1/20 – Matthew 14:1-12

Herod the tetrarch heard of the reputation of Jesus
and said to his servants, “This man is John the Baptist.
He has been raised from the dead;
that is why mighty powers are at work in him.”

Now Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison
on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip,
for John had said to him,
“It is not lawful for you to have her.”
Although he wanted to kill him, he feared the people,
for they regarded him as a prophet.

But at a birthday celebration for Herod,
the daughter of Herodias performed a dance before the guests
and delighted Herod so much
that he swore to give her whatever she might ask for.
Prompted by her mother, she said,
“Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”
The king was distressed,
but because of his oaths and the guests who were present,
he ordered that it be given, and he had John beheaded in the prison.

His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl,
who took it to her mother.
His disciples came and took away the corpse
and buried him; and they went and told Jesus.

Not long ago, we read that Jesus said that we must love him more than anything, even family.

Today, Herod is caught up in this proclamation by Jesus. He had great respect for John the Baptist, even though John was constantly condemning him in public. He would have left John to do what he was doing as “the lone voice in the wilderness” but others were working against him.

Herodias was . . . a very broken woman. But Herod was even more broken. He had a desire for his step daughter which he allowed to come between him and God.

In Herod’s perverse desire of her he left an opening that they used to trap Herod. Herod was not strong enough to say no. He was weak and had no strength from God because of the life he lived.

Without God, we cannot fight off the Evil Herod succumbed to with John.

We cannot love the World more than we love God.

At least that’s what I heard Him say…

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