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Matthew 22:14

Sunday's after Pentecost

"Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man."
(Mark 6:20)

Eight Sunday after Pentecost

John the Baptist Beheaded

Mark 6:14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus' name had become known. Some were saying, "John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him."
Mark 6:15 But others said, "It is Elijah." And others said, "It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old."
Mark 6:16 But when Herod heard of it, he said, "John, whom I beheaded, has been raised."
Mark 6:17 For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, because Herod had married her.
Mark 6:18 For John had been telling Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."
Mark 6:19 And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not,
Mark 6:20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him.
Mark 6:21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee.
Mark 6:22 When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it."
Mark 6:23 And he solemnly swore to her, "Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom."
Mark 6:24 She went out and said to her mother, "What should I ask for?" She replied, "The head of John the baptizer."
Mark 6:25 Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, "I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter."
Mark 6:26 The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her.
Mark 6:27 Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John's head. He went and beheaded him in the prison,
Mark 6:28 brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother.
Mark 6:29 When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

[Mark 6:14] (vv. 14-29) This section is embedded between the commissioning of the Twelve and their mission report (vv. 7-13, 30, 31) to help them gain perspective with respect to their mission's success and the certain persecution they will also experience. Herod's guilt over the murder of John the Baptist caused him to think that Jesus was John the Baptist, returned from the dead to haunt him. John the Baptist's death foreshadows the death of Jesus (14:43-15:47), and there are several parallels between the two "passion narratives": (1) Herod's and Pilate's attitudes of respect for John and Jesus (cf. v. 20; 15:5, 14); (2) the hatred of Herodias for John and the hatred of the Jewish leaders for Jesus; (3) Herod and Pilate each yielding to pressure to have his prisoner killed (cf. v. 26; 15:15); and (4) the mention of burial in a tomb (cf. v. 29; 15:43-46).

[Mark 6:17] Herodias, the daughter of Aristobulus, one of the sons of Herod the Great and Mariamne, married her uncle Philip, a brother of Aristobulus. Herod Antipas, the ruler in Mark's account, was the half brother of Philip. Though married to another, he lived out of wedlock with Herodias. Despite his general character, Herod Antipas was apparently fascinated with John the Baptist (cf. v. 20). When the Baptist denounced the scandalous private life of Herod, the king was embarrassed, and Herodias was enraged. The resulting execution of John is recorded in Mark 6:27, 28 (cf. Matt. 2:3, note).

NSRV & Believer's Study Bible (BSB) Notes

Readings for the week of July 22nd
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
First: Jeremiah 23: 1-6
Psalm 23
Second: Ephesians 2: 11-22
Gospel: Mark 6: 30-34, 53-56

 

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