And she came in immediately with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.
Comment: Cast your mind back to yesterday’s short passage. She was offered up to half the kingdom (which I suspect that she would never have been given) and just asked for the head of a great, truth speaking, godly man. What did it bring her or her mother? May be a minute or two to gloat but then years of shame as the whole world sees the stupidity, meanness and shallowness of the request. Herod shows his pride and unworthiness to rule as he gives the two women what they want but that which he had no right to give. He was a good example of where sorrow doesn’t lead to true repentance.
Prayer: Foolish I sometimes am, but stupid I would not be, O Lord. Let Your word be a light upon my path, please.