March 21, 2021 at 3:31 am #3813Tammy RoeschKeymaster
WHO was responsible for the death of John the Baptist?
*** Herodias with her extreme hatred was at the root of it.
*** Herod with his drunken, spineless backbone.
*** Salome with her ungodly submission to her evil mother.
*** ALL the drunk guests who were LEADERS of the Nation who couldn’t find their voice to raise in protest.
Imagine the thoughts of those men the next morning when the hangover from the night before was gone….the GUILT & REMORSE they must have felt, because they all KNEW that John was a Prophet, sent from God!
He (Herod) had been exalted for constancy and superior judgment, and he did not wish to appear fickle or rash in character. The oath had been made in honor of his guests, and had one of them offered a word of remonstrance against the fulfillment of his promise, he would gladly have saved the life of John. He gave them opportunity to speak in the prisoner’s behalf. They had traveled long distances to the mountains in the wilderness to listen to his powerful discourses, and they knew he was a man without crime, and a prophet of God. Herod told them if it would not be considered a special mark of dishonor to them, he would not abide by his oath. 2SP 79.2
But though at first they were horror-stricken at the unnatural demand of the girl, they were so far intoxicated that they sat in silent stupor, without reason, reverence, or thought. Though they were invited to release the monarch from his oath, their tongues were dumb. No voice in all that company was raised to save the life of an innocent man, who had never done them harm. Herod, still under the delusion that, in order to maintain his reputation, he must keep an oath made under the influence of intoxication, unless formally released from it, waited in vain for a dissenting voice, but there was none. The life of God’s prophet was in the hands of a company of drunken revelers. These men occupied high positions of trust in the nation, and grave responsibilities rested upon them, yet they had gorged themselves with dainty food, and added drunkenness to surfeiting, until their mental powers were enervated by the pleasure of sense, their brains turned with the giddy scene of music and dancing, and conscience lay dormant. By their silence they pronounced the sentence of death upon the anointed of the Lord, to gratify the horrible caprice of a wicked woman. 2SP 79.3
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