Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lenten Devotionals - Mark 6:14-32


Tired tonight, so I'm feeling this will be a short one. Which may be a good thing, because I'm not sure what to do with this.

I mean, historically, this is important. John dies. Herod didn't want to kill him, but he did. (Note to self: do not promise people things this big.) And Herod initially thinks that John is resurrected and Jesus, which shows how he was close to the mark, but not there yet. He had some parts of the story revealed to him before they had happened. He probably would find the whole story a little bit like deja vu, I guess, if he really thought John had resurrected.

But no. He didn't get the full picture. He was close--and I think it is significant that he was, since he isn't going to do anything to save Jesus later. He had the authority to do so and he didn't. He doesn't learn from his mistake, and he doesn't save Jesus after killing John. So I think that safely indicates what Herod was, and where he is now.

But the disciples returned and buried John, and reported back to Jesus about what had been going on. Good for you, disciples.

(Not very analytical tonight. My apologies.)

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