Weak Faith Is Too Proud To Obey

In the account of Herod Antipas and the execution John the Baptist in Mark 6:14-29, we read that Herod actually feared John in spite of having him killed. Herod feared John because he knew he was a just and holy man, so he tried to protect John from Herodias. In fact, he did more than protect John; he listened to much of what John had to say. It says there that Herod heard him gladly.

It is a strange thing when we like listening to the word of God, yet we do not obey. Herod had an opportunity to listen to what John was telling him and to obey, much like we often have the opportunity to hear what the Spirit of God is telling us and then to obey.

But by not adhering to what John said, by not fleeing sin, Herod set himself up to be compromised by that sin that he should have fled while he had the chance.

Then An Opportune Day Came.

Satan is always scheming and waiting for that opportune time to pounce. He knows our weakness and will wait for the right time to use it against us.

And this opportune time had finally arrived for Herod. Here he was having a big party with all his nobles, high officers and chief men of Galilee. No doubt there was lots of food, alcohol, machismo, pride, and arrogance floating around in that room.

And in the midst of all this, comes Herodias’ daughter and she begins to dance for everyone. I do not need to go into detail of what she was doing here. History tells us what solo dances were in those times. I will just say this was not an innocent dance. The intent was malicious, seductive and downright immoral.

And we can see that it was effective. Herod responds to the lewd dancing with a prideful announcement that he will give her whatever she asked for, up to half his kingdom. He was intoxicated, aroused, and full of pride and this was the moment Satan was waiting for. This was the opportune time.

So she went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist!” 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.” 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. – Mark 6:24-26

Pride Keeps Us From Making Changes In Our Lives

He immediately realized his mistake. Even then he could have changed his mind and do the right thing. But he did not. Why? Because of the proud boasting, he did in front of the others there in the room. His pride was too much for him to be able to repent and make the right choice.

It is so sad how our pride can keep us from turning away from our sin. So often we are convicted of specific sins in our life and yet our pride keeps us from repenting and making the changes that are necessary.

Instead of listening to what John had to say, Herod went on enjoying his wealth, his feasts, his kingdom, and his sinful relationship with Herodias. He did not heed the warnings, and it was the very sin that he was trying to protect, that did him in. Herodias.

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By not turning from his sinful life and sinful living, Satan found the opportune time to do him in. And that is what happens when we are warned about a certain sin in our life, and we do nothing about it.

Be Vigilant, Obedient, And Prayed Up

This is also the state of so many people in this world today. They believe there is a God, they even listen to some sermons or may event attend a church on occasion. But they just can’t make that choice to repent and follow Jesus.

The result is broken homes, broken families, and broken lives.

We need to remember that Satan is always prowling, waiting for that opportune time to take us down. Always be prayed up, never let your spiritual guard down and do not let sin set you up for failure.

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Geno is the lead pastor at Connect Marina located in Marina, CA. He is husband to Vivien Quiroz. They have two wonderful boys, and two needy dogs. He is passionate about Jesus, family, building community, and sharing the Word of God. Pastor Geno’s method of teaching is solidly expositional, following the Inductive Method of Observation, Interpretation, and Application.