The Pressure That Drives A Man To Sin

St. John Carravagio

You probably remember the story, Herod put John the Baptist in Prison.  John was out causing a mob of people to change from the 'comfortable' religious thought of the day, and he was actually calling them to live the teachings of and the 'spirit' of God.

There was an enormous following, and Herod recognized this guy was actually gaining more and more influence that equated to more and more power.  But He didn't want to kill him.

He didn't want to start a 'martyr' syndrome, and accrue even more people galvanized to the cause of John.  For if there were enough people causing unrest, Herod was going to have to do something to stop it, and then he would have some real trouble on his hands.

You see, Caesar had Herod governing on the outpost of the Roman Kingdom.  Historians have loosely equated Herod's post as a punishment for various other infractions against the Roman Empire, and Caesar sent him to what we might call the 'wild west' of Biblical times. 

The Jews were living in the land they felt God promised them, but the Romans occupied the area.  They allowed the Jews their religious beliefs, but they governed the area from a state position. 

So you can see, when Herod's daughter called on John's head; it wasn't an easy decision for Herod to make.

So what would cause Herod to pull the trigger, so to speak, and lop John's head off to give to his daughter.  The Bible says, "On Herod's birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for them and pleased Herod so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist." The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted and had John beheaded in the prison. His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother" (Matthew 14:6-11)

What causes a man to go against all his natural intuitiveness, and go ahead and kill another?

The Bible says, "she danced for him and pleased him so much."  Herod was in a state of LUST!

He was in an erotic state of sin, which caused his decisions, politically, morally, and humanly to be compromised.

The lesson for us today?

Let's not give the sin any more ground than it already has.

For it's SIN that causes a man to spiral downward into a dark black place of immorality. 

Can you imagine?  For the dancing of his daughter, Herod took the life of another man.

My spirit is turning today for those who've allowed the sin of the world to take a foothold.  Who knows where the 'tiny' sins might lead?

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