6 But when Herod’s birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.
7 Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask.
8 And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist’s head in a charger.
(also Mark 6)
As I continue my clear-out/re-appraisal of all things on paper.😎
I came across a sermon of mine entitled – DESIRE.
I have not looked at what I have written.
Desire – have you any thoughts on the subject?
Desire – common to humankind.
The King James uses the word ‘lust’. The dictionary defines this as:-
noun [mass noun]
strong sexual desire: he knew that his lust for her had returned.
• [in singular] a passionate desire for something: a lust for power.
- (usually lusts) mainly Theology a sensuous appetite regarded as sinful: lusts of the flesh.
So even the dictionary in directing us to the term, includes theology.
But I’m guessing most folks in the 21st century reserve the word ‘lust’ for strong sexual desire.
So let’s stick to the word desire, good or bad.
We think of King’s sitting triumphantly on their thrones, with their ‘subjects’ doing obeisance.
Perhaps the king waves his hand for all to be silent. And he offers the pleasing servant whatever he/she (the servant) – desires.
I’m sure this has happened quite a few times in history, with various monarchs.
In Herod’s case – “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half my kingdom.” [see Mark 6]
Offered to a young lady who had pleased his other desires with her dance.
She in turn – lays aside her own desires in her desire to please her mother. (After all – a murder ‘prize’ instead of half the kingdom?!!)
Outcome of these whimsical desires? – A godly upright man is beheaded.
As any man would – John must have wondered if God would deliver him from his imprisonment? Instead of deliverance he was left with a returned greeting from Christ.
Luke 7:21-23 New King James Version (NKJV)
21 And that very hour He (Jesus) cured many of infirmities, afflictions, and evil spirits; and to many blind He gave sight.
22 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. 23 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
Many wonder at the loss of the lives of stalwarts, self-denying front-line workers in this pandemic. Laying their lives down in service to others.
I wonder too. God help them all.
The tragedy of lost lives in a Pandemic – into the thousands.
See also below – The tragedy of lost lives at the hand of another sinful tyrant called Herod…
At the time of Christ’s birth, Herod, insecure in his position of authority, commanded that all the male children, under a certain age, be put to death:
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying:
“A voice was heard in Ramah,
Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted,
Because they are no more.”
For many this Pandemic has brought great loss and great pain.
Today is it true to say – society mourns that bit more for the loss of children than adults? I think so.
Usually because they (children) have their whole lives before them. Herod’s desire was power and pre-eminence.
Amidst this pandemic, we desire all tragedy to end. Many desire their loved-ones to recover.
Amongst God’s desires, is the desire, that mankind would listen to Him.
And that we would return to Him and turn from sin that produces the actions of a man like Herod – to mention only one aspect of the manifestation of rebellion against God and His ways.
What do we desire?
We desire this pandemic to go away. And I pray to that end.
We desire comfort for the loved ones who have lost relatives – for this we pray.
We desire a better world.
But what else does God desire?
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.