Rash words

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

When the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests. The king said to the girl, “Ask me for anything you want and I’ll give it to you.” Mark 6.22 NIV.

Be careful what you say. How many times have you given a blank check to someone only to deeply regret it later? Words are important and should not be spoken in haste or lightly.

King Herod was giving a banquet in honor of his birthday. His guests included a distinguished group: his court officials, military commanders, and leaders of Galilee. The daughter of Herodias, his wife, had danced for Herod and his guests. Having pleased him, he swore to give her whatever she wanted up to half of his kingdom. With her mother’s urging, she requested John the Baptist’s head on a platter. Herodias wanted to kill John because he had spoken against her marriage to Herod saying it was not lawful.

Herod had stood in awe of John and had protected him, Mark 6.20, because he knew that John was a righteous and holy man. However, Herodias had seen her chance and acted upon it. Though it grieved him deeply, he did not want to reject her daughter’s request because of his oath and his guests. He had John beheaded.

Beware of words that are rashly said. You may come to regret them.

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