Sunday, May 21, 2023

Daily Devotion: Herodias – The Sinful Dishonored One

Bible Reading: Mark 6:14-29

Key Verse: Verse 17For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife: for he had married her.

Key Words: and bound him in prison for Herodias’ sake

Herodias is called the Jezebel of the New Testament.  Like Jezebel who was the power behind the throne of the wicked and weak Ahab, Herodias brought out all that was evil in Herod.

Herodias desired honor from the world, but instead of honor she has gone down in history as one of the most sinful and dishonorable of all women.

According to Josephus, the historian, Herodias was banished from her throne as queen and spent her last days in exile.  She desired honor but reaped dishonor.  We do reap what we sow.

Once there was a little old man.  His eyes blinked and his hands trembled; when he ate he clattered the silverware distressingly, missed his mouth with the spoon as often as not, and dribbled a bit of his food on the tablecloth.  Now he lived with his married son, having nowhere else to live, and his son’s wife didn’t like the arrangement.

“I can’t have this,” she said.  “It interferes with my right to happiness.”  So she and her husband took the old man gently but firmly by the arm and led him to the corner of the kitchen.  There they set him on a stool and gave him his food in an earthenware bowl.  From then on he always ate in the corner, blinking at the table with wistful eyes.

One day his hands trembled rather more than usual, and the earthenware bowl fell and broke.  “If you are a pig,” said the daughter-in-law, “you must eat out of a trough.”  So they made him a little wooden trough and he got his meals in that.

These people had a four-year-old son of whom they were very fond.  One evening the young man noticed his boy playing intently with some bits of wood and asked what he was doing.  “I’m making a trough,” he said, smiling up for approval, “to feed you and Mamma out of when I get big.”

So when you think of Herodias, remember you reap what you sow.

What to do:
✞ Always treat others the way you want to be treated, for the day will come when you reap what you sow.

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