The Killing of
John the Baptist
How Powerful is Peer
Bible Study Lessons ---
thought of Jesus as John
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 about Jesus 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 in
For when Herod had John
arrested, he bound him and put him in prison
because of Herodias, the wife of his brother
For John had been saying
to him, It is not lawful for you to have
Although Herod wanted to
put him to death, he feared the crowd, because
they regarded John as a prophet.
But when Herods
birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced
before them and pleased Herod, so much that he
promised with an oath to give her whatever she
Having been prompted by
her mother, she *said, Give me here on a
platter the head of John the Baptist.
Although he was grieved,
the king commanded it to be given because of his
oaths, and because of his dinner guests.
He sent and had John
beheaded in the prison.
And his head was brought
on a platter and given to the girl, and she
brought it to her mother.
His disciples came and
took away the body and buried it; and they went
and reported to Jesus. -
Kills John the Baptist
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 Prophet?
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 Crowd?
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 would like to learn
more about how to receive the love and
life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please
take a moment to read
John 3:16 for more
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Verses about Herod killing John the Baptist
are from New American Standard Bible & New King
James Version - Lessons from Life Application Study
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