“But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced in the midst, before the company, and pleased and fascinated Herod.” Matthew 14:6 Amplified
Our woman of the Bible for today is actually two women, Herodias and her daughter. As a little back story, Herodias was the divorced wife of Herod’s brother Phillip, thus the reason John the Baptist condemned them. It was against the mosaic law for a man to take a brother’s wife while the brother was still alive. Of course none of the participants in their sin wanted to hear that, including the daughter of Herodias. As far as she was evidently concerned John the Baptist was slandering her mother. It might be surprising to some that Herod was a converted Jew and he knew the law. That may be why he didn’t want to kill John, he knew he was in sin, but wouldn’t repent. If he repented he would have left Herodias, and her pull on him was too great, as sin often is. In reading the scripture it sounds like Herod may have allowed himself into a further sin as he was pleased and fascinated by his step daughters dance. He was so pleased that he promised her in an oath whatever she might ask. Prompted by her mother she asked for the head of John the Baptist on a platter. Though Herod didn’t want to do it, he had made an oath and for the sake of pride, another sinful action, he relented.
What this story speaks to me about is self, other than John the Baptist, all the participants put themselves before God. When we do what we want before what God wants, we have made an idol of our self.
My pastor said recently that we either see Jesus on the cross and see our self on the throne of our life, or we see Jesus on the throne of our life and our self on the cross. Where is Jesus in your life?