The Virgin Birth

Christmas Message on the Birth of Christ

The following is my sermon notes at Christ Bible Church on Sunday, December 14, 2014. The title of the message today is: The Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. We will be looking at the virgin birth, the deity of Christ & the impeccability of Christ. Our main text is found in Matthew 1: 18-25. As way of introduction I want to give an overview on the birth of Christ. This is recorded in two of the four Gospels; Matthew & Luke.

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Street Preaching Distinctives

Methodology

Nice & Simple 
After much consideration in prayer and Bible reading I go to the city and I find a corner where there are people. I bring some Gospels of John to hand out. I then begin preaching, usually with an amp. My introduction is brief and then I get into the main facts about the Gospel. My aim is to preach the Word of God so that it fills around 90% of the speech that comes from my mouth. This is accomplished by either reading directly from the Word of God, or more frequently by Scripture memorization I am able to utter the oracles of God. The majority of these Scriptures are salvific. This is nothing less than proclaiming the truth like a herald of old. I have a message from the King!

Less is Better
When I am not preaching alone I like to work with just two, or at the most, three people on a corner. I have listed five main reasons below:
1. The Bible indicates smaller groups as the norm – i.e. Peter & John, Philip the Evangelist, Paul & Barnabus, Paul & Silas, Paul, Silas & Timothy
2. Smaller teams are easier to manage
3. Smaller teams are less likely to be challenged by authorities
4. Smaller teams can obtain more coverage with the Gospel
5. Small teams can maneuver easily and quickly

Disciplined in Content
Although it is my aim to share the whole counsel of God I focus on these main scriptural themes
1. Separation from our creator (God) through Adam’s sin
2. The consequences for that separation
3. Jesus Christ is God
4. The death, burial, and resurrection of Christ
5. Repentance, Faith, and Regeneration

In contrast I avoid long stories, pet peeves, gimmicks, and other things that although may be interesting, are of no eternal value for the hearer. Any testimonies or practical analogies are kept to a minimum. It is my opinion that a long-winded preacher not sticking to the main thing is either a novice with very little experience, or someone who has another agenda than that of a Biblical evangelist.

Manner of Spirit

Jesus Style
Jesus Christ should affect the way we carry ourselves out on the street by our humility, demeanor, body language, and remembering to have a good countenance. This can only be accomplished through the Holy Spirit. We dress appropriate, not drawing attention to ourselves. As ambassadors we have the ministry of reconciliation and we represent the King by our lifestyle as well. We are committed to personal holiness and discipleship through the Holy Spirit’s sanctifying work in us. We believe in optimizing our effectiveness by preparation through prayer and fasting and being consumed by God’s Word. 2 Cr 5:20 Luke 9:54-56 1 Cr 13:1-3 2 Tim 2:19-21 Phil 4:5

It is my aim to preach the Gospel with boldness, yet with humility; authoritatively, yet with compassion; with truth in love; so that in all ways I may please Him who enlisted me as a soldier. There is much to consider in the tone of one’s voice, our facial countenance, and our passionate convictions.

“Shock & Awe”
I do not believe or practice “Shock & Awe Preaching” This is a method used by open air preachers, which is essentially when a preacher starts off his or her open-air message with statements that are purposely designed to cause people to become offended and/or angry. The preacher can also purposely use signs such as  “God hates fags” or scriptures used out of context to purposely cause  people to be angry and thereby giving the preacher their attention, although  negatively. The intention of these offensive and often abrasive statements are  to provoke the unbelievers to heckle the preacher, which in turn draws a crowd.  This is not just preaching against sin or preaching about Judgment Day and Hell. It is purposely saying hurtful, angry, overly controversial, or wild statements in order to stop people, because they are genuinely offended at what they are hearing. Proponents of Shock and Awe preaching say that it will cause people to listen to the gospel. However, this is an inappropriate way to gain a large crowd to hear the gospel, because it purposely offends the listeners and hardens their heart towards the preacher, and in turn, the message. Also, it “provokes people to wrath” Eph. 6:4, which is to provoke someone to sin. A Christian should not be guilty of this. This type of preaching causes the crowd to not want to hear the message due to their dislike of the preacher himself, not because of the controversial nature of the gospel message.  Persecution is good, if it is a result of the biblical gospel being preached, but not if it is because we, ourselves, have offended people. “For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.” 1 Pet. 3:17 Preaching should be done in biblical truth and filled with compassion.

Dealing With Opposition

Go in faith expecting favor with police and other authorities. If hindered move to a different place. I am out there to share the Gospel not to make a stand for my rights. (although I am thankful for others who have)

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:14-21

For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”, who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; 1 Pet 2:21-23

If a wise man contends with a foolish man, Whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace. Proverbs 29:9

“He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself, And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself. ​​Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. Proverbs 9:7-8

A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. Proverbs 15:1-2

Some Other Scriptures: Matt 5:11-12, Proverbs 17:27-28, Proverbs 18:6, Proverbs 21:3

Why I Preach

1 Cor. 9:16-17 As children of God I  desire my motives to be pure. Because of our fallen nature, self analysis and examination  is skewed as we are contaminated with sin. Our conscious must be clear but even  this is not one hundred percent accurate 1 Cor 4:3-5 Under the  guidance of the Holy Spirit we check ourselves, therefore I preach primarily because  it glorifies God 2 Cor. 3:7-13, out of my love for God John  14:21, and to be obedient to the call Mark 16:15, out of  sincerity Phil. 1:12-18. Secondly, to see souls saved. Prov.  11:30 Acts 13:48 1 Tim. 2:4 2 Peter 3:9

What I Preach

Overview John 4:37 The speaker’s presentation on the street is to be  different than that of preaching to an assembled audience such as a church, tent,  stadium, etc. First of all, the street preacher is not invited to speak to his  audience and they may be hostile. In most cases the people move by at a rapid  rate. They may hear only between 10 – 30 seconds unless they stop and listen. I concentrate on telling people why we need salvation and how to be saved. My  street style is primarily proclamation which is “planting seeds”. I do not  have the luxury of getting long winded on subjects, however important, that are  not pertinent to the Gospel message. I look for guidance from the Holy Spirit  when sharing personal testimonies, analogies & object lessons. I stay away  from politics, personalities, pet  peeves, where did dinosaurs come from? Etc.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ Col  1:18. The person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ is the centrality of  eternal life and the Christian faith. Therefore I preach about Him using the  following topics; creation, the fall of man, separation from God, the nature  and character of God, purpose of the law, eternal punishment, virgin birth, the  death, burial, and the bodily resurrection of Christ, repentance and faith toward  God, what saving faith is, salvation by grace, hope for the believer, and alike.

Christ Crucified 1 Cor 2:2 Therefore I preach to glorify Jesus Christ  by preaching on the cross often – the arrest, trial, condemnation, crucifixion,  burial, and resurrection of Christ. Since the law and the prophets were until  John the Baptist Luke 16:16 I aim to preach within the new covenant,  using Jesus, Philip the Evangelist, and the apostles as my examples. Although  the Old Testament is the inspired Word of God, I do not emulate the Old  Testament prophets. For example; Isaiah walked around naked Isaiah 20:2-4 I don’t do that. Even though we must preach and teach on the sinfulness of  man, judgment and hell, I concentrate on God’s grace and forgiveness as we  preach the gospel of grace Acts 20:24.

The Message of the Kingdom Acts 8:12 My preaching  will also cover the following; You must be born again to enter the kingdom of  God John 3:1-7, you must receive and be converted as little children Matt  18:3, the kingdom of God is within you Luke 17:21, The literal  kingdom at Christ’s second coming Isaiah 9:6-7 Daniel 2:44 Matt 25:31-46 Luke  1:32 Rev 20:4-6.

The Word of God Romans 10:17 and Psalm 138:2. Therefore I speak  the Word of God either by verse memorization or by reading from the Holy  Scriptures themselves. Whenever possible I preach expository from a text that  would be fitting for salvation.

How I Preach

Ambassadors for Christ 2 Cor. 5:20 As ambassadors we have the ministry of reconciliation  and we represent the King by our lifestyle as well. I am committed to personal holiness and  discipleship through the Holy Spirit’s sanctifying work. I believe in  optimizing my effectiveness by preparation through prayer and fasting and also  being consumed by God’s Word. Jesus Christ should affect the way we carry  ourselves out on the street by our humility, demeanor, body language,  remembering to have a good countenance. This can only be accomplished through  the Holy Spirit. I dress appropriate, not drawing attention to myself.  Patience and self control are very useful out in the streets.

Methodology 1 Cor. 1:21. I  do not believe in the modern method of music, secular entertainment, or  gimmicks to bring forth the message of the Gospel. Scripture points us to the  spoken word. The Lord Himself, and the apostles, proclaimed the Gospel both in  public and personal witness using spoken, forthright, factual communication. I  believe and therefore are committed to trusting the Lord for people’s salvation  as the Holy Spirit works through God’s chosen method of preaching for getting  out His message. Mark 16:20 Acts 8:4 2 Tim. 2:4 Titus 1:3 1 Pet. 1:25

Tactical Strategy Mark  1:38 I want to be consistent but flexible as to where I go; what city,  what section of that city, what corner. Street preaching is best suited for  large downtown metropolitan areas. Whenever possible I use electronic  amplification to project my voice. When it is not possible, I lift my voice  loud enough for people to hear the

Conclusion

I Cor.12:4-6. I realize that not everyone agrees with this type of  ministry or with my ideas about evangelism. The evangelist is a gift from  Christ Eph 4:11 and street preaching is a calling from God, so I can’t really  teach it. I wrote this paper so that you may see what is distinct about my  particular ministry that God has called me to.

The Triumphal Entry

Jesus Rides into Jerusalem

A Narrative Using All Four Gospel Accounts

Matthew 21:1-11 ~  Mark 11:1-11 ~ Luke 19:28-40 ~ John 12:12-17

Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her, on which no one has sat. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”

All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “Tell the daughter of Zion, Not to fear. ​‘Behold, your King is coming to you, ​​Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, ​​A colt, the foal of  a donkey.” Zech 9:9

His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, and then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.

The disciples went their way, and found the colt tied by the door outside on the street just as He had said to them, and they loosed it. As they were loosing the colt, some of those who stood there, the owners, said to them, “What are you doing, loosing the colt?” And they said, “The Lord has need of him,” just as Jesus had commanded. So they let them go.

So they brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Also a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him. Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the multitudes who went before and those who followed began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen. They cried out, saying:

“Hosanna to the Son of David! ​‘Blessed is He, who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!”

​​​Blessed is the kingdom of our father David, the King of Israel ​​The King that  comes in the name of the Lord! ​​Hosanna in the highest!” Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.” Therefore the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of his tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness. For this reason the people also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign. The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, “You see that you are accomplishing nothing. Look, the world has gone after Him! And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

Quick Notes on the Triumphal Entry

Because the above narrative is taken from all four Gospel accounts, I will point out that Matthew’s account has the disciples bringing the donkey and the colt according to Jesus’ instructions. I don’t believe Jesus arranged this before hand by natural means. I believe because He is God, that He arranged it supernaturally putting it into the hearts of those who owned it to let it go for the Lord’s use.

This was a fulfillment of Zech 9:9. Some have said that the daughter of Zion is the Church. I don’t thing so. I think it is the Jewish people based primarily on the fact that the prophecy was fulfilled at that juncture. He was coming to the Jews. Zion refers to the hill or temple mount within the city of David, or the city of David itself. Basically the heart of Jerusalem. Interesting that the disciples were unaware of this prophecy at the time, thus concluding there was no manipulation on the part of the followers of Jesus to try to cause Messianic prophecies to happen based on there human efforts.

Of course when they obeyed the Lord they found the situation with the donkey’s colt just as He had told them.

We seem to forget when we celebrate what we call “Palm Sunday” that clothes were also put down in front of the King. This is a sign of homage. The palms were probably used in a joyous festival sense. The details mention that people were both following Him and coming out to meet Him from the city. This must have been quite a site.

The crowd’s hailing Jesus as the Son of David-no doubt a Messianic title and Hosanna, which means, “salvation now”. I am sure they thought He was going to take over at this point as King. Perhaps this let down of the Kingdom to start and the Roman rule to end, is partially the reason for the crowds to turn on Jesus and yell crucify, crucify only a few days later.

The crowds, which many I’m sure were true believers were praising Jesus for all of His wonderful works, namely, Lazarus being raised from the dead. Jesus was accepting the praises and worship of the people which in turn made the Pharisees furious. Note that they never denied His miracles.

Daniel’s Prophecy – The Coming  Prince

In brief I want to point out how part of Daniel’s 70th week prophecy relates to Jesus Christ presenting Himself as King as he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey’s colt the week preceding His crucifixion. Bye the way this is the only time Jesus presents Himself as the King of Israel and allows his disciples and the multitudes to hail Him as such. On this grand scale climax in response to His ministry and in particular the raising of Lazarus from the dead; Jesus receives praise and worship from the people as He enters Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. The Son of David was probably the most common title of the Messiah used by the Jews of Jesus’ day. The common people attributed it to Him on many occasions. What we know as the triumphal entry is no exception. This made the Jewish leaders furious and there response to this is found in Matt 21:15-16 Luke 19:38-40

Dan 9:20-27 is known as the 70th week prophecy. In Dan 9:26 there is an event that starts this timeline. It is when the command to restore Jerusalem is given. Ezra records three different decrees but these are not the one because they are decrees to rebuild the temple. Daniel specifically says it was to restore and build Jerusalem, the city. The commandment to restore and build Jerusalem was given by Artaxerxes Longimanus  on March 14, 445 B.C. The account is found in Neh 2:1-8. By doing the semi-complicated math you will discover that from the time of that command until Messiah the Prince there would be 173,880 days. Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey on April 6, 32 A.D. exactly 173,880 days. To resolve the equation one has to account for things like a 360 day calendar the Jews used, leap years, a calendar year versus a solar year, 1 BC and 1 AD are the same year. Sir Robert Anderson and Dr. Harold Hoehner have both done extensive calculations on this and although having different ways in their determining the dates both conclude that the exact number of days has occurred from the command in Nehemiah until  the triumphal entry by Jesus of Nazareth, just as the Word of God  predicted.

A further value of the literal approach of Dr. Hoehner is that this prophecy provides an exact time in which Israel’s Messiah was predicted to show up in history. “And when He approached, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, ‘If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes.  . . . because you did not recognize the time of your visitation’” Luke  19:41-42, 44. How was Israel to have known the time of their visitation? From a literal understanding of Daniel’s prophecy. In fact, this prophecy, along with Christ’s fulfillment of every other first coming Messianic prophecy proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus was Israel’s Messiah. Many Jews have come to faith, over the years, as a result of being challenged by this prediction about the time of Messiah’s coming. It is clear that a literal interpretation of this passage is demanded by the text itself. [footnote 1]

Authenticating the Book of Daniel

Archaeological Evidence
The fact that Nebuchadnezzar pillaged lands which included Israel during his first year as king is re-corded on Babylonian tablets known as the Babylonian Chronicles.

According to the Bible in Dan 1:3-4, During the invasion of Jerusalem in 606 B.C., Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon instructed Ashpenaz  the Master of his eunuchs, to bring back some of the children of Israel to serve in the king’s palace and to teach them the language and literature of the Chaldeans. He picked Daniel along with his three friends, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Remarkably, the office of Master of the Eunuchs has been confirmed  by Archaeology. Housed in the British museum is a clay tablet inscribed with the words “Rab-Saris.” In Aramaic, the word Rab interpreted means Master and Saris (-saw-reece’) means Eunuchs.

Another amazing fact about the book of Daniel is that in 1947 the first of the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. They contained fragments of all the books of the Old Testament except the book of Esther. Among them is a copy of Daniel. Chapters 2:4 through chapters 7:28 are written in the ancient Aramaic language known as Chaldee (the language of Babylon), the same language used in documents of the 7th century B.C. This is another confirmation of the fact that the events spoken of in the book of Daniel were written down by Daniel during the time of his captivity in Babylon.

Dating the Book of Daniel
Consider the following facts relative to the prophet Daniel, and the book that bears his name.

(1) The internal testimony of the book is that it was authored by Daniel 7:2 8:1 9:2 12:4. That affirmation should not be rejected unless there is compelling evidence to do so.

(2) As an historical person, Daniel is mentioned in the book of Ezekiel 14:14-20 and those brief descriptions are consistent with the data in the book of Daniel 28:3.

(3) The ancient Jews believed that no books were added to the Old Testament after the time of the Persian ruler Artaxerxes (464-424 B.C.) (Josephus, Against Apion 1.8). They always accepted the book of Daniel as a part of the Scriptures. Hence they did not believe it was composed in the time of   Antiochus, during the “Interbiblical” period. Other books, which were written during the Interbiblical age, were rejected from the divine canon. Why not Daniel as well – if it came from the same era?

(4) Material from Daniel is alluded to and considered as genuine history, in the Apocrypha (cf. 1 Maccabees 2:59-60).

(5) Christ referred to the prophecy regarding the destruction of Jerusalem Dan 9:27, and he declared that it “was spoken through the prophet Daniel” Matt 24:15. If the book of Daniel was a fraudulent production, Christ was either ignorant of the matter, or dishonest about the prophecy’s authorship. In either case, if he misstated the matter regarding Daniel, his claim of being the Son of God would be nullified.

(6) The testimony of Josephus is decidedly against the late date for Daniel. First, he mentions that Daniel’s prophecies regarding Alexander the Great were shown to the Greek general as he came toward Jerusalem in the 4th century B.C., and that the illustrious commander was so impressed that he spared the holy city (Antiquities Xl,VIII,3-5). Further, the Jewish historian states that the Hebrew nation suffered many things at the hand of Antiochus Epiphanes, which, he affirms, were “according to Daniel’s vision and what he wrote many years before they came to pass”   (Antiquities X.Xl.7 – emp. added). He not only affirms the accuracy of Daniel’s testimony, but also adds his weight to the chronological antiquity of the document. This is powerful evidence.

(7) The precision of the details within the book relative to the city of Babylon argues that the writer was an eye-witness of that ancient culture, and not a citizen of Judea some three and a half centuries later. It is an indisputable fact that the farther an author is removed, both in time and in distance from the subject of his narration, the more indefinite he becomes with respect to societal classes, sects, customs, etc. The book of Daniel, however, is very specific with reference to matters pertaining to Babylon. [footnote 2]

Historical Evidence
The account of world history is so accurate in the book of Daniel that the critics insist it was written after the fact. It goes without saying, of course, that the critics of the Bible would reject   the evidence of Daniel’s prophecies. Skeptics begin with the initial assumption that no such thing as divinely inspired “prophecy” exists; therefore, Daniel, in the 6th century B.C., simply could not have foretold the details that are a part of his book.

Thus Porphyry, a 3rd century AD. philosopher, argued that the book of Daniel was written by some unknown scribe who lived in Judea during the time of Antiochus Epiphanes. He insisted that the events depicted in Daniel’s narrative correspond precisely with the facts of history up to the time of Antiochus, that the record must have been history, not prophecy. If it thus can be   established that the book of Daniel actually dates significantly before the mid-second century B.C., Porphyry’s concession of the document’s accuracy becomes a powerful argument for the divine nature of the book of Daniel!

The Septuagint
In order to make the Old Testament available to the average Jewish reader, a project was undertaken under the sponsorship of Ptolemy II Philadelphus (285-246 B.C.) to translate the Hebrew Scriptures into Greek. Seventy scholars were commissioned to complete this work and their result is known as the “Septuagint” translation. It is critical to realize that the Book of Daniel existed in documented form in the Septuagint almost three centuries before Christ was born.

Other Evidence
Portions of the Daniel manuscript from the Dead Sea scrolls reveal, upon the basis of paleographic evidence (i.e., writing style), that the original document was composed several hundred years prior to the 2nd century B.C. (cf. Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible, I, 1988, p. 573).

Sources:

footnote 1: The Seventy Weeks of Daniel Part VI by Thomas Ice

footnote 2: An Amazing Prophecy in the Book of Daniel By Wayne Jackson – http://www.christiancourier.com/articles/869-an-amazing-prophecy-in-the-book-of-daniel Other Sources: The Arrival of the King,  John MacArthur Code 1293 sermon downloads, Grace to You Anderson, Robert, The Coming  Prince, Hodder & Stoughton, London,  1894. The classic work on the Seventy Weeks of Daniel. Chuck Missler  Daniel’s 70 Weeks November 2004  Personal Update News Journal.

 

Are You Like King Herod?

Have You Heard of Jesus?

Are you fascinated with Jesus? King Herod had heard of Jesus and all that was done by Him. Matt 14:1 Mark 6:14 Luke 9:7 Perhaps you have heard about Jesus. In Herod’s case the report was about the miracles that Jesus did. You can be thrilled and excited about Jesus but without saving faith the fascination fades and Jesus becomes nothing more than; “been there – done that”.

Another aspect is people hear many things about Jesus that are not accurate and this is a problem, however; To hear about Jesus even accurately is not enough to be saved. Herod had heard many things, Luke 9:9 Herod heard about Jesus and was fascinated. Luke 23:8

Who Do You Think Jesus Is?

King Herod did what so many people do; He made assumptions as to who Jesus was and he listened to what other people were saying who Jesus was. Some of the candidates were John the Baptist (After Beheading), Elijah, The Prophet, or one of the prophets of old. Herod had thought Jesus to be someone special because of the power that worked in Him, but was willing to attribute it to anything but what it was; the power of the Son of God. Today many people think Jesus was a prophet or one of many prophets. Who do you say He is? Matt 16:15

Are You Convicted of Your Sin?

Between Herod and Herodias they wanted to shut John the Baptist up by putting him in prison. Why? It was because John had pointed out their adulterous situation. Matt 14:3-4 Mark 6:17-18 What do you do when your sin is exposed? Do you try to silence the source? Can you silence your conscience? Or, do you admit it is wrong, seek forgiveness and forsake the sin? Herod in his position was able to have the prophet arrested. As we see later Herodias was more upset than King Herod. We see the same sort of thing concerning Festus with Paul. Acts 24:25

Do You Hold Grudges?

Herodias held this exposure of sin against John the Baptist, and she influenced Herod greatly. Mark 6:19 This ate away at her to the point of murder. Matt 14:8 Mark 6:19, 24 Herod is no innocent bystander in all this plotting of Herodias. Matt 14:5 This reminds us of the pair in the Old Testament; King Ahaz & Jezebel.

Do You Respect Men of God?

I come across many people who have a respect for the preacher but they themselves are not saved. Is this possible? If you are not saved, and outside of the Kingdom, why would you respect (fear) the person of God? We see this in the case of Herod. Mark 6:20 Although Herod, a worldly, lustful and adulterous man, feared John because he was just and holy. He even for a time protected him.

Do You Gladly Hear About God?

Do you like to hear the preacher or teacher telling you about God? Is this enough to save you? Maybe you like to hear the message of God and even like a strong personality preaching it, but so did Herod. It says Herod heard him gladly. Mark 6:20

Do You Experience Remorse?

Do you have times of feeling sorry for what you have done? Most all of us do and yet this in itself is not going to make us right before God. Herod was sorry. Matt 14:9 Mark 6:26

Do You Have True Salvation?

Just because you may have experienced the above conditions does not mean that you have true salvation. Because Herod did not possess true salvation he faltered in the time where it counts. His lust caused him to make a rash oath that led him to ignore what was right. He killed the innocent in order to save face before men. Although close to the things of God, many will choose to save their own skin rather than doing the right thing. Judas Iscariot, Pontius Pilate and may others fall into this category. The question is; do you?

(The Beheading of John the Baptist Matt. 14:1–12 Mark 6:14-29 Luke 9:7–9)