The Twisted Theology of Herod The King: Mark 6:14-28
“14) And King Herod heard of it, for His name had become well known; and people were saying, “John the Baptist has risen from the dead, and that is why these miraculous powers are at work in Him.” 15) But others were saying, “He is Elijah.” And others were saying, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16) But when Herod heard of it, he kept saying, “John, whom I beheaded, has risen!” 17) For Herod himself had sent and had John arrested and bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, because he had married her. 18) For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19) Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death and could not do so; 20) for Herod was afraid of John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was very perplexed; but he used to enjoy listening to him.” Mark‬ ‭6‬:‭14‬-‭20‬ ‭
Political figures often dabble in religious pursuits for selfish reasons. God can and does want to reach people in high places with the gospel. There are numerous examples of this in the Bible. (See 1 Timothy 2:1-8)
But the problem comes when the political figure has no desire to obey or follow God, but merely placate their own conscience or manipulate people. Such was the case with King Herod.
Heron’s motivation for promoting the notion that Jesus was John the Baptist who had risen from the dead was to appease the people. He was trying to rebuild public trust and favor from his fiasco of killing John the Baptist.
I love watching God work in the lives of political figures. I utterly despise watching political figures use and manipulate religion for selfish or political reasons. There is a huge difference between these two.
God has every right to influence those in politics, but political figures are often are very poor theologians. The theology of Herod the King was disastrous. His root problem came down to him using “god” rather than obeying God!
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global
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