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For His Name June 28

Mathew 14:10-12

And he sent and beheaded John in the prison.

And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother.

And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.

There was only one greater prophet than John the Baptist, and that was Jesus. The devil could not stand him, or is it that the devil could not withstand him? John created a wave of revival, so the devil made a wave of retaliation. Opposition was so significant that it cost him his life. Not surprisingly, he used the one thing that he could to kill John with, and that was his integrity. The character of this great prophet is second to none.

When John stood before King Herod concerning his brother Phillip’s wife, he sternly told him, “ It is not lawful for you to have her!” Herod was an adulterer, and the truth was standing before him and in his way.

John was thrust into prison; King Herod would come and talk to John about the law. The anointing of the Holy Spirit was with John, and the anointing attracted King Herod.

But still, to keep his oath, he had John beheaded, the King had a worldly sense of integrity, and John had Holy integrity. People tend to read over this last verse:

Mathew 14:12

And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.

It was no small thing for them to pick up the body of John and bury him. By Mosaic law, they were required to ceremonially wash and remain outside the city walls for seven days until considered clean. Seven days have passed, now what do we do? Where do we go? We’ve followed John’s revival helping him in his ministry of repentance.

The same thing we should do when tragedy hits, they turned to Jesus unknowingly they began a new ministry. Nothing much more is said about them in the Bible, but these men were not seeking fame for their names; they just wanted to serve. I believe that they were among the seventy sent out later in Jesus’s ministry to witness the gospel. It’s as if He redeemed their ministry.

They were indeed men of honor and sacrifice.

He is: Jehova-Go’el

My Redeemer


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