The Backstory

Matthew 14:3-5. “For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison: for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife. For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her. And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.”

It would seem that John the Baptist was no less outspoken in the palace than he was in the desert.  We don’t know why he was in the palace, speaking to Herod; we only know that he told Herod in plain words that it was unlawful for him to have his sister-in-law as a mistress.  It was wrong at every level, and apparently John felt the call of God to say so.  Herodias was Herod’s brother Philip’ wife, yet she lived in the palace as Herod’s mistress.  She did so openly and without fear of reprisal, it would seem.

Well, you just don’t tell King Herod that he’s wrong and morally reprehensible.  Herod had John tossed into prison; he would have had him killed right then and there, but he feared the people who revered John as a prophet.  So John remained in prison for  a while, and I can’t imagine he was treated with any respect there.

The story continues tomorrow. It looks as if John shouldn’t have messed with Herodias, either!

2 thoughts on “The Backstory

  1. For awhile I was remembering things you have been sharing/teaching here on this site because I am reading Matthew right now. I am now ahead of you and each day when I read the thought runs through my mind “I wonder what Linda will say about. . .” You are an encouragement.

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