Give Me His Head!

Matthew 14:6-8. “But when Herod’s birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask. And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist’s head in a charger.”

It was Herod’s birthday, and he threw a big party. During the course of the day or evening, Herodias coached her daughter, Salome, to dance for Herod. That the nature of the dance was sensual is pretty much universally accepted.  Salome seems to have been young, but not too young to appeal to the fleshly lusts of her uncle.  He was so pleased with her performance that he offered to give her anything she asked for.

And Herodias, again, had coached Salome.  I can imagine her, exhilarated by her dance, face flushed and eyes sparkling, approaching Herod and, glancing at her mother, saying boldly, “Give me John Baptist’s head on a tray!”

Now Herod is truly in a predicament!

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