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The Good Seed - Thursday, July 16, 2020
by GBV Dillenburg GmbH

Herod said, John I have beheaded, but who is this of whom I hear such things? So he sought to see him.
Luke 9:9

Here it is a question of Herod Antipas, the ruler of the districts of Galilee and Perea. Herod had had John the Baptist executed, but had never felt easy since. When Herod heard of the miracles that Jesus Christ did, his superstitious conscience pricked him. He wanted to see Jesus, who was so active in his realm.

Didn’t the man have every chance to become a Christian? His later history, however, shows that natural curiosity and the desire for sensation do not provide a proper knowledge of Christ. When Jesus was taken to Herod shortly before His death, he merely wanted to see a sign or miracle. But the Son of God had not come to fulfil such a desire. He was not a common miracle worker or healer. He was the Christ sent by God, the Redeemer and Lord. However much Herod interrogated Him, Jesus remained silent. That was too much for the ruler’s pride. He treated Jesus disparagingly and left the course of justice to the Roman governor Pilate. (cf. Luke 23:8-12).

Herod had frivolously lost his last chance. From then on he was firmly on the side of Christ’s enemies. Not even his incipient friendship with Pilate could prevent his career from ending in exile. Herod Antipas failed to achieve his earthly goal: royal dignity. And he never had a true interest in the One who could save him for eternity.

Must that be the end for a human being? We can only wish that everyone turns to Christ with a sincere interest. The Bible reports enough about Him to show everyone clearly who He is and all about Him.

Today’s reading: Leviticus 26:1-13 · Psalm 71:9-16


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