How much more God if a King can?: Gospel Today Devotional - 16th November, 2023

The Lord Jesus had turn the whole place around by the mighty signs, and wonders which he did. The whole place had been influenced by his presence that men began to wonder who he was. Some began to think he was one of the prophets, others thought he was John the Baptist. They however could not deny the fact that these great signs, and wonders were done by him. They were very much astonished.

How much more God if a King can?: Gospel Today Devotional - 16th November, 2023

King Herod heard about him as well for his name was everywhere. He then said it was John the Baptist whom he had killed. Why did he even do that? The whole issue that led to the death of John the Baptist started very much with the fact that John had told him (Herod) that it was wrong to marry his brother's wife. This was that which led to his arrest, and his death. We shall talk more on this as we continue with the study.

Today's devotional focuses on this particular story, that which happened with John the Baptist, and what lessons we are to learn from the king himself. It is true John died, but at the same time, from the side of the king, there's a lesson to learn. The anchor text is seen below,

"And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her." (Mark 6:26).

After John was kept in prison due to the fact that he told king Herod not to marry his brother's wife, he had a great feast which was his birthday celebration. He invited many for this feast, notable men. It was in the party that the daughter of Herodias(the wife to Herod's brother) danced. Before that, he had promised the young lady that he was going to give her just anything even half of his kingdom as a reward for her dance.

It happened then that the lady danced to the satisfaction of the king. But when it was time for her to name her reward to the king, she demanded for the head of John. The king however was sorry but then he did give her the reward, but why? Because of the oath he made to her, and for the sake of those which sat with him. He couldn't deny her the reward not because he wanted to behead John as it were but as a king, he couldn't go back on his words. He made a promise, and had to fulfil it.

Doesn't this talk much about our heavenly Father? If Herod (a man)for the sake of the oath he made couldn't deny the damsel of her reward, how much more God whose words cannot fail? This calls for trust, and total dependence on the Lord, and in his word, that if he promises to do a thing, he will definitely do that which he promises to do. The Lord will surely fulfil his promise to you. May this bless someone today. Amen.

Thought for the day: If God promises to do a thing, even if not for anything, he will fulfil it for the sake of his word. Trust in him always.

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