At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,…
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I. THAT IF WE FAITHFULLY DO OUR DUTY, WE MUST BE PREPARED TO SUFFER FOR IT. John would have received many marks of favour and acts of kindness from Herod, if only he would have kept silence on one subject; because he dared not be silent, he met with prison and death. So with us. If we are really in earnest in serving God, Satan will be sure to stir up some opposition against us. These hindrances are the tests of our faithfulness.
II. THAT GOD'S GRACE IS ALWAYS SUFFICIENT. The Baptist's life and death were lonely; but, though separated from Jesus in the body, he was nearer to Him in spirit than the multitude which thronged Him. It is blessed to be constantly in God's house, to live in an atmosphere of Divine consolation; but it is even more blessed to be content if, through no fault of our own, we are deprived of this: nothing can take away from us the satisfaction of reposing our soul simply upon the will of God.
III. THAT DEATH MAY BE VIEWED NOT WITH HORROR BUT WITH JOY. Herodias sought to wreak cruel vengeance on John; she did but release him from a weary imprisonment, and open the door to his eternal bliss. If only we are ready for death. can death come too soon? It is the door of release from storm and cloud, sorrow and sin.
(S. W. Skeffington, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,