Saturday: 4th August, 2018

Reference text: Matthew 14:1-12

Matthew 14:9 And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath’s sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.

Which of these two acts will Herod the tetrarch be remembered more for: As the King who kept his oath or as the King who ordered the beheading of John the Baptist? Many will remember him for the latter because of the significant impact that decision had and hardly is credit given to him for remaining true to his word.

On many occasions, people do not have time to pay attention to surrounding events, they only focus on the outcome: the endgame. Hence, even though the reason for John’s beheading was founded on the premise that Herod had made an oath and did not want to appear as the King who broke his word, a status he managed to preserve, he paid a big price for it. In fact, one too big that even he himself was displeased with having to grant this request.

For some, the preservation of status is top priority: at whatever cost – lies, crime. But beloved, are those statuses worth banking our all on, that we sacrifice our conscience, our everything on them? Herod made the choice to preserve his status and his pride, over his conscience – so I ask: ‘When we faced with a similar options, what will our answer be?’

Remember # don’t let pride be the obstacle that stands in the way of your conscience.


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