Persecuting a righteous man will haunt you later

Matthew Bible Background

02.25.2016 New Testament: Mark 6.16–18

To read the Bible in a year, read Mark 6.33–56 on February 25, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Can we persecute a proclaimer of the truth, and not suffer for it? Herod had John the Baptist beheaded, and Herod knew he was wrong, and it haunted him,

But when Herod heard, he said, “This is John, whom I beheaded; he has been raised from the dead!” For Herod himself had sent and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife; for he had married her. Because John had said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife” (Mark 6.16–18).

Herod heard of the miracles of Jesus, but assumed that John had come back from the dead with miraculous powers. This shows that Herod thought on what he had done and it tormented his soul, so that when he heard of something wonderful going on, he assumed it had to be John.


  • Have you persecuted a righteous person?
  • If so, have you repented and sought his or her forgiveness?

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