Mark 6:14-20

14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’[b] name had become known. Some[c]said, “John the Baptist[d] has been raised from the dead. That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16 But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” 17 For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, 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 And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death. But she could not,20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly.

2 responses to “Mark 6:14-20

  1. John spoke truth to power. He was not cowed by the Roman rulers and spoke out against a transgression of Mosaic law by Herod and his second wife. He was murdered and his voice silenced. But, he was the forerunner.

    Then Jesus came and spoke truth that reached Herod. He recognized the notes of truth he had heard in John and was scared. But he received what Jesus said and listened to Him. This truth confused him but he listened to it gladly, or eagerly.

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