LUKE 23:12

Verse 12 ” And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.”

Many times it has been seen that people who hate each other form a bond in opposition to God, or in opposition to God’s man, or in opposition to God’s people.  It is a bond of hatred and a bond of iniquity.

LUKE 23:11

Verse 11 “And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.”

The “gorgeous robe” was, no doubt, one of Herod’s own royal robes.  The only thing Herod ever gave to Christ was given in mockery. This causes the reader to ask, “What have I given to Christ?”  Have you given your best to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?  Most importantly, have you given Him your heart (that is, your faith, love, and devotion)?

 

LUKE 13:31-35

Verses 31-35 “31The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.
32And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.
33Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.
34O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!
35Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”

Apparently, Herod was tired of the attention that Jesus was getting and was ready to kill Him, as he had killed John the Baptist.  No doubt, Herod was caving in to pressure from the Pharisees on the matter.  Herod was a weak and evil man.  Jesus would not be intimidated because He knew that He had come into the world to die, and all of this was in the hands of God.  Jesus then says something about the city of Jerusalem, something that He said on more than one occasion (Matt 23:37-39).  He said, “How often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!”  “I would…but ye would not.”  These words teach us that Jesus wants to save sinners.  The problem is that sinners do not want to be saved.  God is always ready to receive sinners.  Jesus came to die on the cross to save sinners.  It is the sinners fault if he is unsaved.

 

LUKE 9:7-9

Verses 7-9 “7Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead;
8And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again.
9And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him.”

Herod had a bad conscience!  He had beheaded John the Baptist and it had left him shaken.  Perhaps he suspected that his sins would find him out.  When he heard about Jesus’ miraculous deeds and powerful words, Herod began to think, “Is it John, risen from the dead?  Is it Elijah (some people said that he would come back)?  Maybe it is one of the old dead prophets.”  Note that every possibility considered by Herod would have involved a resurrection!  Herod knew that in order for Jesus to do the miraculous things He did, He would have to have resurrection power.  Jesus did arise from the dead, proving that He is able to do anything.

LUKE 7:18-23

Verses 18-23 “18And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things.
19And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
20When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
21And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.
22Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.
23And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.”

We wonder if John the Baptist was beginning to have doubts.  He is in prison, put there by Herod, and eventually John would be decapitated for standing true to the Lord.  When we suffer great trouble in life, that is when we are tempted most to doubt God’s goodness, care, and plans for the future.  We all have our moments of weakness.  However, it is also possible that John sent his disciples on this mission for their own benefit, to strengthen their faith, especially in view of what was going to happen to him.  So John sent some of his disciples to Jesus to ask if He was the Messiah.

Jesus gave John and John’s disciples the assurance that they needed.  They saw the miracles of Jesus.  They learned that Jesus sometimes raised the dead.  And most important, the poor had the gospel preached unto them, just as Isaiah had predicted (Is 61:1).  A good way to test the authenticity of a minister is to look at his works and his preaching.  Are they according to the Bible?  The Bible says that we know a teacher by his fruit.  When we investigate Jesus, we are never disappointed.  He is all that the Bible claims Him to be.

LUKE 3:19-20

Verses 19-20 “19But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother Philip’s wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done,
20Added yet this above all, that he shut up John in prison.”

The information about John being shut up in prison is inserted here by Luke to round out the story about The Forerunner, even though his imprisonment did not happen until several years later. Herod was a man of great evils, and his evils were worthy of the great reproof received from John, even though it landed John in prison. John’s imprisonment eventually led to his violent death at Herod’s hand. It should be noted that preachers may be put in prison but the Word of God can not be put in jail nor can it be bound. The Word of God is powerful beyond the ability of any human power to hold it. When the Apostle Paul was put in prison, he wrote,”Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound” (II Tim 2:9).

MATTHEW 14:1-12

Verses 1-12 “1At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,
2And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.
3For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife.
4For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.
5And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.
6But when Herod’s birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.
7Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask.
8And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist’s head in a charger.
9And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath’s sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.
10And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison.
11And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother.
12And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.”

John the Baptist was murdered because his preaching offended people. Herod hated John; and yet, believed that there was something supernatural about him (He believed that John could arise from the dead). Herod murdered John in order to satisfy his salacious appetite. There will always be a price to pay for those who stand for truth and righteousness.

MATTHEW 2:8

Verse 8 “And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.”

Herod was neither the first nor the last to feign worship of the Holy Child. Oh that the birth, death, and resurrection of our Savior would prompt true worship of Him by millions more people, because God seeks for true worshipers. John 4:23 says, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.”