The Killing of
John the Baptist
How Powerful is Peer
Bible Study Lessons ---
Herod thought of Jesus as
resurrected because of his miracles
and healing power.
He was afraid of harming the
prophet because of the people so why did Herod kill
John? The Bible
study lesson today is
taken from Matthew
and explains how peer pressure caused a man his
"Birthday Gift" for Herodias
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the news
2 and said to his servants,
"This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the
dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work
3 For when Herod had John
arrested, he bound him and put him in prison
because of Herodias, the wife of his brother
4 For John had been saying to
him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."
5 Although Herod wanted to
put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they
regarded John as a prophet.
6 But when Herod's birthday
came, the daughter of Herodias danced before them
and pleased Herod,
7 so much that he promised
with an oath to give her whatever she asked.
8 Having been prompted by her
mother, she said, "Give me here on a platter the
head of John the Baptist."
9 Although he was grieved,
the king commanded it to be given because of his
oaths, and because of his dinner guests.
10 He sent and had John
beheaded in the prison.
11 And his head was brought
on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought
it to her mother.
12 His disciples came and
took away the body and buried it; and they went and
reported to Jesus.
is the Word of the Lord ... It is meant to change
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by Bob Pardue
Herod Kills John
Who was Herod?
To introduce some background,
Herod was the son of Herod
the Great; yes, the
same man who arranged the killing of all the male
babies two years and under after Christ was born.
So, he was no stranger to
violence. Herod was
living with his half-brother's wife, which prompted
John the Baptist to rebuke him for
Why did Herod Kill the
For lack of a better word,
John was killed because of embarrassment and
Herod had made a promise to
Herodias' daughter in front of others and didn't
want to be thought of as a weak man, especially not
a weak king, when it came time to deliver (John's
A prophet had to die because
of this unwillingness to break a promise made
publicly. Herod gave in
to the crowd instead of doing what he knew was
Do We Give in to the
Sometimes, we may find
ourselves in a situation where it is wrong to go
with the pressure but don't always have the
integrity to make the right decision at the cost of
stepping outside our comfort zone.
We face these decisions
almost daily so let's take a moment of pause before
doing something we will later regret.
made a decision to face death for
us so a little
embarrassment is a small pittance in comparison -
don't you agree?
Love In Christ
If you have never made the
decision to receive the love and life-changing
experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to
John 3:16 for more
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Verses about Herod killing John the Baptist
are from New American Standard Bible Study
lesson credit: Life Application Study Bible -