Today, we will be discussing the story of King Herod, All For A Little Dance. In case you don’t know, Herod is the man who unlawfully married his brother’s wife Herodias. The Bible tells us that Herod feared the Lord. He also had a soft spot for listening to the preached Word of God. His favorite preacher was John the Baptist.
However, John the Baptist had a strong word from the Lord for Herod on one particular day. He called out the King and said, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife!” Well, this angered Herodias a great deal, and she wanted nothing more than to get rid of ole Reverend John. On Herod’s birthday, she throws him a huge party, and they invite all of Herod’s friends and many dignitaries. Then she has her teenage daughter come out and dance for Herod, obviously in seductive fashion because of what ensued. All For A Little Dance.
Mark 6:21 – 25 Then an opportune day came when Herod on his birthday gave a feast for his nobles, the high officers, and the chief men of Galilee. 22 And when Herodias’ daughter herself came in and danced, and pleased Herod and those who sat with him, the king said to the girl, “Ask me whatever you want, and I will give it to you.” 23 He also swore to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half my kingdom.” 24 So she went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist!” 25 Immediately she came in with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”
Word To The Wise From The Outspoken 1
Whoa! Did you just see what happened? An “opportune” day came for Herodias to take advantage of. This is the same way Satan operates; he looks for an opportune time to sneak in and take advantage of you. Here is a Word To The Wise From The Outspoken 1, that Herod definitely could have used: You will never make any good moral decisions while you are in a state of sexual arousal. All For A Little Dance
How many people do you know of that have done some dumb things when under the influence of alcohol, peer pressure, or seduction? With college kids, many times these unwise decisions happen on their very own birthday, just like it did with Herod.
So here’s the setting: all the big wigs are gathered together, and this young girl struts her stuff in front of them. Herod is no doubt filled with lust and says something that he would later regret: “Ask me whatever you want — I will even give you half of my kingdom!” Some things never seem to change; women still dance and men still pay. Sometimes it even costs them half of their kingdom — it’s called a divorce. Almost every time, especially to someone who fears the Lord, it causes great remorse.
Mark 6:26 – 29 And the king was exceedingly sorry; yet, because of the oaths and because of those who sat with him, he did not want to refuse her. 27 Immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded his head to be brought. And he went and beheaded him in prison, 28 brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When his disciples heard of it, they came and took away his corpse and laid it in a tomb.
A night of sinful pleasure can cost you so much more than the price of admission. Herod sold his soul All For A Little Dance. What are you willing to sell out for? If there is still a price, there is still a problem. The Bible tells us to buy truth, wisdom, and instruction — and never place it up for sale.
Proverbs 23:23 Acquire truth and do not sell it–wisdom, and discipline, and understanding.
Herod became “exceedingly sorry.” After all, he liked John the Baptist, but because of pride and peer pressure, he caved in. When he had John beheaded, he silenced the voice of God in his life. It was something that would bother him for the rest of his life.
Mark 6:14 – 16 Now King Herod heard this, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead, and because of this, miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 Others said, “He is Elijah.” Others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets from the past. 16 But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised!”
Allow me to ask: What represents the voice of God in your life? Is it your Pastor? Your youth ministers? Your parents? Whatever it is, think long and hard before you ever choose to block it out.
I do not know if you are currently thriving spiritually or if you are struggling in this area and feel that you are trapped in the gutter of sin. I simply want to remind you that God’s grace is greater than your sin. If you find yourself always feeling sorry for the choices you are making, it’s time to lay it all down at the foot of the cross. You cannot justify sin and be a productive child of God.
Temptation Is Not A Sin
Someone once said, “Temptation is not a sin,” but I say it sure is the bridge that leads to it. Just the same, stupidity is not a sin. However, it is what you do when you’re in a state of stupidity that can become a sin, and that sin can eventually lead to your demise.
James 1:14 – 16 But each one is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desires. 15 Then when desire conceives, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is full-grown, it gives birth to death. 16 Do not be led astray, my dear brothers and sisters.
There is only a minuscule difference in viewing porn and viewing racy YouTube videos, and there is very little difference in a porn magazine and a lingerie or swimsuit magazine (except for maybe one or two inches of cotton), but the effects on you are still the same. It still eats at your integrity.
The same principle applies when it comes to reading explicit material from certain magazines or romance novels. No one should have to make a list of what specifically is out of line for a God-fearing child of the King. If you possess the Holy Ghost and a conscience —you will know when it is wrong. If you truly desire to be saved, it starts with making up your mind and cleaning up your temple.
1 Corinthians 6:15 – 20 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16 Or do you not know that anyone who is united with a prostitute is one body with her? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But the one united with the Lord is one spirit with him. 18 Flee sexual immorality! “Every sin a person commits is outside of the body” —but the immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.
If you consecrate yourself, you can become a vessel of honor and be used mightily by God again.
2 Timothy 2:21-22 So if someone cleanses himself of such behavior, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart, useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 22 But keep away from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faithfulness, love, and peace, in company with others who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
If you want to be free, you have to flee.