Let us muse again today from Matthew 14:14 and the theme of Jesus the king. In our text today we see our Lord is moved by the multitude. Our Lord has gone by boat to a desert place to be alone but when He embarks from the boat He sees the multitude. He immediately is moved with compassion and begins to meet their greatest needs. He puts all of His needs to the side and begins to meet the needs of others. How can we as His servants do less than our Master.
Let us muse again today from Matthew 14:13 and the theme of Jesus the King. In our verse for study today we find two great truths. One is when our Lord heard of the death of John the Baptist He departed by ship into a desert place for solitude. He was touched by this tragedy and sensed the need to be alone with the Father. How many times do we encounter trouble and failed to get alone with Jesus. It is a must when life is touched by tragedy to get at His feet. The other truth is the crowd followed the boat by walking along the shore. The desire for a word from Jesus drew them to follow hard after Him. Lord, raise up some with these two great truths living in their hearts.
Let us muse again today from Matthew 14:12 and the theme of Jesus the king. In our verse for study today we have a word about John’s disciples. They hear their beloved teacher is dead and they come and get the body and bury it. I notice they didn’t say they buried John but just the body, the house he lived in. It will soon be testified to by Herod that though John be dead he yet speaks. When they had done with the burial they went and told Jesus. What better place to go when trouble and sorrow come, but into the presence of the one who is touch with the feelings of our infirmities.
Let us muse again today from Matthew 14:11 and the theme of Jesus the king. In our text today we see the depths of depravity in a mother daughter duo. The daughter receives the head of John the Baptist then totes it to her mother, who I’m sure wants to take a look. Oh the depths of depravity in these two wicked women. I wonder if throughout eternity in hell all they will see is that head? Do not think we are above this depth of depravity. One of the old preacher said we couldn’t be born as adults the way Adam and Eve were. We must be born as babies because of our depravity was so deep, if born as adults we would have grabbed a scalpel in the birthing room and slit the throat of our mom and the doctor. Thank God the blood of Jesus Christ goes deeper than the stain of depravity.
Let us muse again today from Matthew 14: 10 and the theme of Jesus the king. In our study for today we find a thought on foul time here but happy time there. Herod gave the order to behead John. What a foul time here for John but he was set free to be crowned in glory. This beheading was placed to the account of Herod and Herodias. What will eternity hold for the couple who killed the one Jesus said there was not a greater born of a woman than John the Baptist?
Let us muse again today from Matthew 14:9 and the theme of Jesus the king. In our text for study today we find a wicked promise is kept. Herod went through with the beheading of John the Baptist because of the wicked promise made to his step-daughter. His sorrow spoke of here is the sorrow of the world and not Godly sorrow. If it were Godly sorrow he would’ve not gone through with the wicked act. He was more concerned that he would be perceived as weak by his drinking buddies than to obey the Holy God of heaven.
Let us muse again today from Matthew 14:8 and the theme of Jesus the king. In our text of study for today we find wicked women exposed. We find a statement in this verse that the demands for the head of John the Baptist was not a last-minute thought but a pre-meditated act. The statement I speak of is she being instructed of her mother, tells us these wicked women plan this from the start. Herodias was more exposed in character by John the Baptist revealing that she was an adulteress than was Herod. It is often the woman who is greatly offended because she knows she plotted for the affair to happen, she could have said NO. Instead of repenting she will once for all quiet the voice of the messenger.