The king deeply regretted what he had said; but because of the vow he had made in front of his guests he couldn’t refuse her.
Everyone is talking about Jesus and speculating about his true identity. Herod believes that Jesus is John the Baptist resurrected.
Some time before this, Herod had John the Baptist imprisoned because John had criticised Herod’s marriage to Herodias. Herodias’ daughter had danced before Herod’s dinner guests, and he had vowed to give her whatever she asked for. At her mother’s instigation, she asked for the head of John the Baptist.
Speaking up for righteousness can still be punished severely in a world that is opposed to the gospel.
The current flash point for christians in the West is same sex “marriage”. Where christians in good conscience cannot comply with the demands of the dominant culture they are imprisoned, fined or forced out of their job or business.
When confronting a sinful society we need to be aware of our ultimate destiny. We are people who live and die for eternity and not just for this life.
Our words and actions always have to be measured by the requirements of our Lord and not by the approval of the world.
Father please help em to stand firm in you, even when the cost is high. Amen.